In light of recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to update you on our response. Our team at The Glaucoma Center has always been committed to providing thoughtful and sophisticated glaucoma care to our patients. As a specialized practice, we know that your care needs are unique and that maintaining regular follow up is crucial to preventing disease progression. We also understand how important it is that you have an accessible resource available for ocular emergencies. Because of this, and despite the unprecedented nature of this outbreak, we will continue to see urgent and emergent glaucoma patients to whatever extent possible without compromising patient safety.
Our offices have always adhered to strict, self-imposed hygienic standards and infection control procedures. We will continue to meet these standards, and we have already taken steps to comply with social distancing and hygiene recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control. We are also asking that our patients observe the following protocol to mitigate the risk of infection:
• If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and/or fever, please call our office to reschedule any routine appointments, and contact your primary care physician for further direction. If you believe that you are experiencing an ocular emergency, please contact our office prior to coming in, so that we may take appropriate precautions at your visit.
• Surgical procedures will be deferred for any patients experiencing symptoms of illness, as per our usual guidelines, except in instances of emergency, which will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Glaucoma procedures for healthy patients will proceed as scheduled.
As you know, state and federal guidelines are evolving rapidly as this situation progresses We are actively monitoring for new recommendations from trusted health authorities, such as the CDC and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and will update our policies as necessary.
Though we know that this event has been a source of stress for many, we are grateful to be part of a very strong and resilient community. Please do not hesitate reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and know that our top priority continues to be your health and well-being.
1. Centers for Disease Control
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