Eye doctors add safety measures to cut COVID-19 risk

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.
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