Health Care Professionals

Providing Hope and Independence for Your Patients
Healthcare professionals who refer their patients to the Cleveland Sight Center provide them with expert service that increases their personal safety, preserves their independence, and reduces the fear caused by losing all or most of their eyesight. While still under your care, your patients will learn how to get the maximum use of their remaining vision. If a patient loses sight suddenly, we can respond to your referral in twenty-four hours.

We will become your professional partner, reinforcing the need for your patients to keep their appointments with you and follow your orders for medications and diet. At the same time we provide emotional support that prevents or alleviates depression and maximizes the effectiveness of your treatment. Equally important, we keep you informed on your patients’ progress.

If this is an emergency we will be particularly responsive to families and clients in crisis or in need of urgent attention.

How to refer someone
If your patient is twenty-two years old or younger, please recommend that a parent or caregiver call 216-791-8118 and ask for “registration.” Our experienced intake worker will take the information required to initiate service. You can expedite our services, if you recommend that a parent or caregiver give the referral’s eye doctor permission to fax or email a Children’s Eye Report to our attention. If you want us to solicit the form, we need a written release authorizing our receipt of the information signed by the child’s patient or guardian, or the patient if he or she is 18 or older. In addition to baseline medical information, children’s eye reports documents educational needs.

If your patient is over twenty-three, please have them call 216-791-8118 and ask for “registration.” We can begin services without a completed Adult Eye Report, but the medical information helps us focus on your patient’s particular conditions. Please advise your patients to visit our website, click on Adult Eye Report, and send us the completed form.

Popular Resources
If patients ask you what they can expect from the Cleveland Sight Center, there are three resources that are extremely popular.

Low Vision Clinic

Doctors of Optometry conduct eye examinations that determine which optical aids will enable your patients to use their remaining vision more comfortably and effectively. Our Occupational Therapists perform follow-up instruction in the patient’s home or at the University Circle headquarters.

Eye-dea Shop personnel will use the optometrist’s recommendations to show your patient how to use low-power magnifiers, a variety of lamps and reading boards, and hundreds of other tools for daily living. Your patients can shop on line at eyedeashop.com or in person at the Cleveland Sight Center, 1909 East 101st Street in Cleveland.

Self Help Groups

For many patients with recent vision loss, an excellent source of empathy and practical advice are the members of local self help groups which are run by blind and visually impaired persons with the help of sighted volunteers. They meet regularly to share experiences, insights and the special camaraderie of those who have lost vision. Click Self Help Groups to recommend one meeting near your patient’s home.

A Voice of Experience

If a patient would like to talk privately to a person who shares a similar condition, we can arrange an introduction and a phone call. If patients decide they need more than a phone conversation, we can introduce them to a group whose members have recently lost sight and meet weekly with a professional who helps each cope with the particular conditions of their vision loss.

Enjoying Life

If patients play golf, bowl, bike, dance, enjoy the theater, are members of a book club or like to sail Lake Erie, please remind them that partial or complete blindness will not prevent them from enjoying those activities. We offer professionally staffed recreation programs for all those activities and more. Click Recreation Programs and be surprised at what’s available for your patients, or direct them to the Cleveland Sight Center website.

Providing New Options for Your Patients
Ophthalmologists and optometrists who refer their patients to the Cleveland Sight Center are assuring them of professional service that reduces the fear associated with losing all or most of their eyesight.  We will become your professional partner, reinforcing the need for your patients to keep their appointments with you and follow your orders for medications and diet. At the same time we provide emotional support that prevents or alleviates depression and maximizes the effectiveness of your treatment. Equally important, we keep you informed on your patients’ progress.While still under your care and using your diagnosis and treatment as our starting point, we can assist your patients, their families and caregivers to maximize the use of any remaining vision.

When a patient loses sight suddenly, we can respond to your referral in twenty-four hours.

Popular Resources
If patients ask you what they can expect at the Cleveland Sight Center, there are three resources that are extremely popular.

Low Vision Clinic Doctors of Optometry, experienced in working with clients who have low vision, conduct eye examinations that determine which optical aids will enable your patients to use their remaining vision more comfortably and effectively. Our Occupational Therapists perform follow-up instruction in the patient’s home or at the University Circle headquarters.

Eye-dea Shop personnel can supply your patient with recommended low-power magnifiers, a variety of lamps and reading boards, and hundreds of other tools useful for daily living. Your patients can shop on line at eyedeashop.com or in person at the Cleveland Sight Center.

Self Help Groups
For many patients with recent vision loss, an excellent source of empathy and practical advice are the members of local self help groups which are run by blind and visually impaired persons with the help of sighted volunteers. They meet regularly to share experiences, insights and the special camaraderie of those who have lost vision. Click Self Help Groups to find one meeting near your patient.

A Voice of Experience

If a patient of yours would like to talk privately to a person who shares a similar condition, we can arrange an introduction and a phone call. If patients decide they need more than a phone conversation, we can introduce them to a group whose members have recently lost sight and meet weekly with a professional who helps each cope with the particular conditions for their vision loss.

Enjoying Life

If your patients play golf, bowl, bike, dance, enjoy the theater, are members of a book club or like to sail Lake Erie, please remind them that partial or complete blindness will not prevent them from enjoying those activities. We offer professionally staffed recreation programs for all those activities and more. Click Recreation Activities and be surprised at what’s available for your patients, or direct them to the Cleveland Sight Center website.

How to refer someone
Please ask your patient or their caregiver to call 216-791-8118 and ask for “registration.” Our experienced intake worker will take the information required to initiate service. You can expedite our response, if you click on Adult Eye Report or Child Eye Report and email or fax us a completed form.

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