July 13, 2022
LAC LA BICHE – Patients with diabetes living in and around Lac Le Biche now have a local option for specialized eye exams.
People with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, a disease that can lead to blindness if not managed. Regular eye exams are part of addressing this risk and these exams must be assessed by a specialist, which can require patient travel. However, a trained licensed practical nurse (LPN) using local equipment is now able to perform retinal photography at Lac La Biche (William J. Cadzow) Healthcare Centre, then send those photos to a specialist in Edmonton for assessment.
As temporary pupil dilation is part of the exam, patients are asked to arrange for any assistance they may need after the exam.
Patients living with diabetes are encouraged to book an appointment by leaving a message at 780-623-7317. No referral is needed.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.