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The Optometry Department provides routine eye exams; treatment and management of ocular diseases, i.e. glaucoma, diabetes, and red eyes; diagnosis of ocular abnormalities; follow-up care for surgeries; follow-up care for glaucoma/diabetes, i.e., fundus photo/visual field; scheduling, glass repair, and ordering for patients; provide specialty clinic four times per year; 30 village trips per year to provide eye care; educational needs related to eye care. Patients range in age from pediatric to geriatric.

Optometrist visit the subregional clinics quarterly.

Mechanism Used to Meet Patient Care Needs

The eye department uses a screening questionnaire or interview process in performing eye exams and providing eye care. The staff utilizes and maintains patient records through RAVEN for each patient visit.

How the Unit is Staffed to Meet Patient Care Needs

The Optometry Department is staffed with one Department Head Optometrist and three licensed staff Optometrists, three Optometry Technicians and intermittent Optometric Externs. There is an orientation period for new employees. All employees receive an annual performance review.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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