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COVID-19 Update

Commonwealth Eye Care Associates COVID 19 Update

Commonwealth Eye Care Associates COVID-19 Update

As of 5:00 PM March 17, 2020

Here at Commonwealth Eye Care Associates, our philosophy is to care for you as we would care for our own family members. In the ongoing situation of coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to reassure our patients that we are taking the necessary steps in accordance with CDC recommendations.

COVID-19 Policies

Effective immediately only our main Gaskins office will remain open on a limited basis to continue care of patients with urgent and important eye care needs.

Among the initiatives we have instituted:

▪ Our offices are open on a daily basis to continue care of ONLY patients with urgent eye care needs. All other patient visits are being rescheduled to later dates.
▪ We are pre-screening all patients and any caregivers and/or family members who accompany patients to their office visits with telephone interviews
▪ Patients or any individuals (including our staff) who have active pulmonary symptoms of any sort, elevated body temperature over CDC-recommended threshold, or history suspicious for exposure to novel coronavirus are not allowed in the office, with the exception of few select sight-threatening emergencies (under which circumstances they are seen with proper barrier protections)
▪ Patients and their companions should expect re-screening on presentation to the office, including measurement of their body temperature
▪ Patients are limited to a single companion to accompany them to their office visit
▪ To facilitate social distancing we have rearranged our physical office layout and patients with their companions may be asked to wait in their vehicles outside the office until sufficient space is available for them to enter the building
▪ No children are allowed in the office
▪ Nursing home residents and those with significant pulmonary compromise are not allowed in the office

 

In accord with the newest recommendations from the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Office and Virginia Department of Health (VDH), all elective ophthalmic surgery is deferred at least until April 6, 2020 and potentially longer.

 

We have continued to keep up with our high standards of care and to genuinely care for you and your well-being. We understand your concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID19). 

Fortunately, COVID-19 is susceptible to alcohol and bleach-based disinfectants that are commonly used to disinfect ophthalmic instruments and office furniture. Knowing this, below are additional measures we are taking to ensure we reduce the spread of any cold, flu, or virus:

  • Continuing to sanitize surfaces in our exam rooms, common touch areas, and throughout our offices every two hours throughout the day
  • Educating our staff and patients on proper handwashing technique
  • Enforcing the protocol for our staff of sanitizing of hands consistently throughout the day and when returning to the building from lunch or break 
  • Encouraging patients, staff, and doctors to avoid handshaking
  • Educating our patients and staff to avoid not touch their face and avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose

If you currently feel sick or have a fever, please reschedule your appointment and contact your primary care physician.

Please also reschedule your appointment if you have traveled outside the United States to an affected area in the last 14 days.

 

 Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is it?

  • According to the CDC, coronavirus is Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

What are the symptoms?

  • Symptoms range from mild to severe but typically appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure these include:
  • fever
  • cough
  • Shortness of breath

Rest assured that we are carefully monitoring the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). 

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