The Outpatient Eye Clinic at the Eye Institute of Alberta offers patients access to outpatient services for the eye. At this centre, patients attend clinic appointments with the specialist, receive procedures such as ophthalmic diagnostic testing, injections, lasers or minor eye procedures.
During their visit at the centre, patients are cared by many different levels of ophthalmic trained staff. Our team consists of ophthalmic trained administrative support staff, allied ophthalmic personnel, genetic counsellors, and nursing staff who work together to support the ophthalmologist to provide patient care.
Allied ophthalmic personnel are eye care professionals who work under the supervision of an ophthalmologist. They provide patient care by performing eye related clinical tasks. They are qualified by didactic and clinical ophthalmic training. In our clinic, we have ophthalmic assistants, ophthalmic technicians and ophthalmic medical technologists who obtained their certification through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). We also have orthoptists who have specialized training in evaluating and treating patients with diplopia or double vision, amblyopia or poor vision in one eye, strabismus or crossed eye(s), and other abnormalities related to using both eyes together.
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors with specialty training in ophthalmology. They are trained and qualified to perform lasers, injections and surgeries for the eye. Besides patient care, our ophthalmologists also have teaching appointments with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry with the University of Alberta. They are actively involved in teaching medical students, ophthalmology residents and fellows. In addition to teaching, our ophthalmologists are heavily involved with research in their field of expertise.