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Can J Ophthalmol. 2006 Jun;41(3):373-7.

Low vision service models in Alberta: innovation, collaboration, and future opportunities.

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  • 1Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Calgary, AB.


As Alberta's population ages over the next 20 years, the number of older adults experiencing age-related blindness or vision loss is likely to at least double. To prevent a crisis in low vision service provision, we need to build upon, and extend, existing partnerships between the CNIB and ophthalmologists, optometrists, government policy makers, and other service providers. Future service models for low vision rehabilitation should also emphasize interventions such as counselling and peer support that enhance quality of life. With thoughtful planning, adequate funding, and involvement of all stakeholders, Alberta has the potential to become a world leader in the field of low vision treatment and rehabilitation.

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