As the country begins to open up, many businesses are resuming “business as usual,” despite warnings from some health experts. You may be wondering if it’s safe to see your eye doctor yet.
The most responsible medical practices and businesses have devised protocols to keep everyone safe. In my ophthalmology practice of 70 physicians, our expert team has written a set of safe practices that is more than 200 pages long, and includes the following:
- Performing a no-touch temperature of every person entering, including staff
- Asking each person if they have symptoms or recent exposure to COVID
- Requiring every person wear a mask in the office. Clinical staff must wear N95 masks and eye protection. This is the most important requirement. For patients who don’t have their own masks, our practice provides them with one.
- Sufficient spacing of people within walkways and all seating.
- Plexiglass barriers at the check-in window
- Disinfection of exam rooms and measurement devices following each exam
If your eye doctor’s office looks like the photographs shown on this page, you can feel safe, and know that it’s time to start taking care of your eye health in the way you want. Starting today.