(COVID-19) Coronavirus and Clinic Hours Update

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(COVID-19) Coronavirus Update

An Update on COVID-19 from Eye Associates of New Mexico

We regularly monitor and follow the latest guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

For patients visiting our clinics and surgery centers, we have implemented the following protocols:

  • We have instituted an additional level of screening for your protection.  At the entrance of each clinic, we will have trained staff perform a brief travel history, symptom screening and temperature check for all patients.  If you have recently traveled out of the state, please visit https://cv.nmhealth.org/travel-recommendations/ for current NMDOH restrictions.
  • If you pass our screening process, you may enter the clinic for your visit.  Please plan arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.  You may conveniently and safely  pre-register through our Phreesia system in advance of your visit by clicking on the link sent via text or email prior to your scheduled visit.  If you did not receive a notification, please notify our patient service representatives at the clinic and they will update your contact information.
  • We ask that any family members or friends accompanying you wait inside the vehicle you traveled in to your appointment.  Exceptions are unaccompanied minors or those requiring assistance.
  • We require you to wear a non-vented face covering at all times while you are in our clinics.
  • We practice social distancing and ask that you stay at least 6 feet away from others while in the clinic.

We are confident that these precautions along with our enhanced cleaning protocols will provide the highest level of protection possible.  We also hope that our travel, symptom, contact and temperature screening prior to entry will provide you with an additional level of comfort.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our clinic management and staff should you have additional questions or concerns prior to or during your visit.

COVID-19 and your Eyes

An article published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology in March of 2020 suggested that COVID-19 might cause conjunctivitis (commonly known as “pink eye”) in some people. Although not as common as fever, cough, loss of taste and/or smell and difficulty breathing, this is something our scheduling staff will take into consideration.

More about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 is spread between people who are in close contact or proximity with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Learn how COVID-19 spreads and practice these actions to help prevent the spread of this illness.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around people who do not live with you.
  • Masks work best when everyone wears one.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others.
  • Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
  • Avoid unventilated indoor spaces. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors.
  • Clean your hands often, with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 when it is your turn.
  • Avoid close contact with any people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

As we continue to work through this health crisis together, we thank you for your cooperation and patience and apologize in advance for any inconvenience it may cause.

Sources: https://cv.nmhealth.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.aao.org/eye-health