By Adam Debrowski
from All About Vision
The coronavirus pandemic has temporarily closed countless American businesses, but some eye doctor’s offices often are open — though with reduced hours and with added safety precautions in place.
Optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians continue to offer essential eye care ranging from saving a patient’s vision to mending a customer’s only pair of glasses.
Urgent optical needs don’t stop during a pandemic, but eye care has changed in recent weeks.
Added safety measures include:
- Virtual visits — by phone, FaceTime or a telehealth app — have replaced some in-office care.
- Patient visits are staggered, and everything is sterilized in between appointments.
- Face masks, gloves and safety shields are the new standard of safe care for patients and staff.
- Curbside delivery and ship-to-home are options for customers picking up glasses or ordering contact lenses.