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(COVID-19) Coronavirus Update

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

  • Please plan to arrive at least 10 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 you limit those who accompany you to your visit to one person.  Exceptions are unaccompanied minors or those requiring special assistance.
  • Per current CDC guidance, you are expected to wear a properly fitted face mask at all times while you are in our clinics, optical shops and surgery centers. Please wear a procedure or surgical grade mask.

We are confident that these precautions along with our enhanced cleaning protocols will provide the highest level of protection possible.

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 generally spread between people who are in close contact or proximity with one another 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 related to 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. Learn how COVID-19 spreads and follow currently recommended precautions.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a properly fitted mask when around immunocompromised people.
  • Practice social distancing when possible.
  • Avoid large 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 and boosted against COVID-19.
  • Avoid close contact with those 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.

As we 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