COVID-19 eye health care guide for patients

Social distancing - Covid-19 (coronavirus)

In today's climate, taking care of your health is critical and patients may have a number of concerns related to their eye health as a result of the current public health crisis. Fortunately, doctors of optometry across the country are resuming the delivery of complete, comprehensive eye health and vision care and implementing new protocols to provide the care patients are seeking in a safe and healthy environment. 

While changes will vary from state-to-state as well as individual practice locations, patients can be assured that doctors of optometry, like all medical professionals, are adhering to federal, state and local health directives regarding infection prevention measures and implementing appropriate safety procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the office. These not only include strict protocols for cleaning and sterilization, but measures to effectively manage patient flow and encourage physical distancing. Some of the new procedures patients can anticipate include screening for symptoms of COVID-19 and taking patients' temperature upon their arrival at the facility, limiting the number of guests allowed in waiting rooms and requiring everyone to wear a facemask and/or gloves before entering the office.

In-person, comprehensive eye health care provided by a doctor of optometry is one of the most important, preventive ways to preserve vision and overall health. Keeping one's eye health in check can help ensure patients are seeing their best and meeting individual visual needs related to their occupations, avocations and lifestyle. Whether you have eye health or urgent care needs, concerns about your eyes or vision—such as digital eye strain or dry eyes—or it's time for a comprehensive eye exam or contact lens evaluation, the public can continue to look to AOA doctors as trusted health care professionals providing essential primary eye care.

When scheduling your next appointment, ask your doctor about new protocols they have in place to keep you safe.

Eye health patient information

As optometry practices reopen and operations proceed under a "new normal," the AOA and member doctors of optometry are working to ensure the continued safe delivery of essential eye care by doctors of optometry during the COVID-19 public health emergency for patients and the public.

AOA President Barbara L. Horn, O.D. discuss how doctors of optometry help patients limit potential exposure.

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