The Vision loss rehabilitation therapy helps people with all types of vision loss to develop or restore key daily living skills, helping enhance their independence, safety and mobility. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals may refer you for this therapy as a next step after medical treatment.
Vision loss rehabilitation therapy is provided by certified specialists, who will work with you to create a personalized rehabilitation plan to meet your needs and goals.
All people with Diabetes who are over 12 years old should receive regular eye screenings. Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading causes of vision loss in Canada and is the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness among adults younger than 75. Research has shown that early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care can reduce the risk of vision loss by 95 per cent.
VLRC has developed a Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program in partnership with community organizations to provide screenings for Diabetic Retinopathy. It allows health care providers increased mobility to reach individuals in more remote locations. Digital photographs are taken of both retinas using a portable hand-held fundus camera. The images are uploaded into an automated Diabetic Retinopathy screening software, approved by Health Canada and a report is provided at point of care. Retinal imaging can occur as part of routine diabetic or health care appointments.
A referral is then made to Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada who will coordinate the required follow-up care with the client’s GP and/or appropriate eye care professional.
The Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program aims to reduce the risk of vision loss by the early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Currently these services are being offered in Ontario only. Click here for Diabetic Retinopathy Community Referral Form.
If you are outside of Ontario, please contact Josie McGee (Josie.McGee@vlrehab.ca).
If you have low vision, learning to use the sight you have left can be life-changing. Our certified specialists can:
Our certified specialists can help you build the skills you need to live safely and independently with vision loss. This may include helping you:
Learning to travel independently with vision loss is an essential skill. Our certified specialists can help you learn how to:
STEP provides assistive technology for home use to Albertans with significant vision loss. The program is made possible through an accountable grant from Alberta Ministry of Seniors and Community Supports.
The program requires you to contribute 25 per cent of the cost of any equipment you receive, up to a maximum of $500, unless you are low income or receiving assistance.
To be eligible for STEP, you must be registered with CNIB, a resident of Alberta, be covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, and unable to obtain funding from another source. Degree of vision loss is also a factor; we must have a copy of your current eye report.
If you are deafblind, there is specialized equipment available to you. Applicants seeking to replace or duplicate working equipment they already own are not eligible. Application deadlines are
May 31, September 30, and January 15.