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Visiting Your Optometrist During COVID-19

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Is your comprehensive eye eye examination coming up?

Are you concerned about coming because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

Rest assured, keeping our patients and staff are safe is our top priority. 

We expect this outbreak will continue for a while, but we do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs during this critical time.  We have taken extra measures, even beyond our usual hygienic and disinfection procedures, in order to protect our patients and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19 during this time of uncertainty. 

The guidelines for slowing the spread of this epidemic are rapidly changing. Please pay close to attention to local regulatory changes for the most up-to-date information.  We are certainly ere to help you for both emergencies and non-emergencies.  . 

What Precautions are we Taking to Limit COVID-19?   

Our office policy mandates that all eye doctors, office staff, and patients do not enter if they are not feeling well, have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19, or traveled outside of the country within the last 14 days.

The staff may ask you to wait outside rather than in our reception area in order to protect yourself and others from any circulating germs.  We schedule our appointments so that our reception area room respects social distancing and reduces cross contamination. 

During your eye exam: 

  • All of our examination rooms have a slit-lamp barrier to protect both the patient and the doctor from cross contamination.   
  • The doctor may wear a mask with a plastic shield over the eyes. 
  • The doctor will wait for your slit-lamp portion of the eye exam to be over before speaking with you or answering any questions you may have. 
  • The doctor will use gloves when touching skin or doing tonometry.
  • The doctor will wash hands for the required amount of time before each patient.
  • All equipment is sanitized, contact surfaces are cleaned after every use, countertops and door nobs are cleaned are cleaned frequently. 
  • The l surfaces and equipment (front desk counters, telephones, pens, door handles, waiting room chairs) is sanitized with antibacterial wipes. 
  • All staff members wash their hands after contact with each patient and throughout the day.
  • Our office is equipped with several sanitizing stations.
  • We ask that patients sanitize their hands before selecting frames.
  • We clean all frames that have come into contact with patients with soap and hot water.
  • We have taken the policy of no hand shaking.  Please don’t take it personally.

Please call our office, Family Eye Care in Old Bridge, NJ with any questions or concerns you may have. If you feel it's best for you or a member of your family to reschedule your appointment, we encourage you to do so.

To stay abreast of the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the following official health organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at www.CDC.gov
  • World Health Organization (WHO) at www.WHO.int 

We look forward to serving you.

Thank you and stay safe!  

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Dear Valued Patient,

At Family Eye Care, the health and safety of our patients and employees is our top concern.

Our office has a long-standing practice of disinfecting all areas of our office throughout the day, and all clinic areas are disinfected prior to every patient seen.

As always during the peak of flu season, and with the growing concerns around the Coronavirus, we have taken extra measures to increase frequent cleaning and have provided additional training and precautions to our staff to help keep their health and yours safe.

As a reminder, if you have fallen ill, have traveled abroad, or had close contact with someone who has traveled abroad within the past 14 days and are due to be seen for an appointment, please let our office know. We will be happy to change your appointment to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

Feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you.

Family Eye Care Team