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Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Eye Clinic

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Above, Caroline Alberty (left) and Grace Halenka (right) look forward to seeing you. 

Come see the difference at our Eye Clinic. We are located on the eighth floor, room 8506.
 
Our office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We do have doctors on call for after-hours emergencies.
 
Every veteran is eligible for an eye exam and glasses. However, if you have not been seen in our eye clinic in the last two years, your primary care provider must enter a consult with us. This consult will be reviewed by our staff and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.
Patients in need of routine eye exams or any type of surgery should make an appointment.

Our opticians offer walk-in service to those who need to order glasses or have any repairs or maintenance done to their current pair. We have a variety of frames for both men and women to choose from.

Our clinic provides comprehensive eye care to about 20,000 patients a year. This includes routine eye exams, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of eye problems.  Some common problems the eye clinic can help you with are cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and we can help prevent problems caused by diabetes. We have state-of-the-art equipment and high standards of care.

Grace Halenka and Caroline Alberty are the clinic RNs who can schedule eye surgeries, answer questions and help ease your mind about any operation.
 
“We’re able to handle whatever problem a veteran has,” Halenka said.

Our ophthalmology specialists, opticians, optometrists and residents, technicians and nurses look forward to seeing you!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Will my eyes get dilated? 
A: Oftentimes eyes do get dilated so you may want to bring a pair of sunglasses or leave with a pair of our disposable ones if you feel more comfortable that way.

Q: How often should I see my optometrist?
A: If you’re healthy and can see fine, you only need to make an appointment as needed. People who are diabetic should have a checkup yearly. Also, make an appointment any time you have changes or problems with your vision or glasses.

Q: Who do I call if I have a question about the glasses I ordered?
A: Call the prosthetics department at 414-384-2000 ext. 42607.

Q: What do I do if I need reading glasses?
A: Reading glasses are available if you have a prescription on file with our eye clinic. If you do not have a prescription on file with us, you will need to make an appointment to have an eye exam before we can provide reading glasses for you. We can only provide one pair once every six months.

Q: What do I do if I lose or break my glasses?
A: You are eligible for only one replacement pair of glasses. After that, you will need to seek an outside clinic. Your prescription is good for two years and is available to you at any time.

Q: Can I order contacts or special tinted glasses?
A: We do not order contacts or special tinted glasses for our patients unless it has been deemed medically necessary.

 

-By Rebecca Omick, Public Affairs staff writer