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There is no charge for an appointment at the Clinic. In fact, the Center provides up to $125 in recommended magnifiers and other devices, thanks to the generosity of the Gottstein Family Foundation. 
 
All that is required is the report from your eye doctor from a visit within the last year (this may be emailed as an attachment to info@AlaskaBVI.org or faxed to (907) 248-7517).
You will be called before your appointment at the Center to answer any questions you may have.
  • If you have Medicare or Medicaid, please bring your card with you to your appointment.
  • If you currently use magnifiers and/or any other types of devices to help you, please bring those with you also.
  • Family members and/or or care providers are welcome to take part in the process which may take up to 2 hours:
 
During the clinic, which may take up to 2 hours, you will:
  •      Visit with the Center's Optometrist who will review your eye doctor's report with you and ask about any recent changes. 
  • Talk with the Center's Low Vision Specialist, discuss what you want to be able to do, and have time to ask about your eye condition as well as what you might expect in the future.  
  • Try out a variety of magnifiers, telescopes, sun lenses, electronic devices, and other items for near and far viewing to discover what works best for you.
  • You may also be shown several non-optical items such as large print timers, talking watches, and magnifying mirrors which may make daily living tasks easier.
  • Learn about new techniques and resources that can help you in your daily life or employment, such as Talking Books and paratransit (in Anchorage, it's called AnchorRides). 
  • Receive free non-optical aids such as a large print calendar. 
 A report will be written and sent to you as well as your primary eye doctor - with your permission - summarizing the recommendations made, including referrals to other sources of support as well as the devices
found to be useful to you. Thanks to the Gottstein Family Foundation, up to $125 of those devices may be provided to you at no cost and sent directly to your home.
A follow up visit to your home may also be recommended to mark appliances and ensure your general safety.
 
For those outside the Anchorage area, these services are provided through our Rural Outreach Program and the MatSu Health Program (see those sections on this website).