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Why You Shouldn’t Visit the ER for Eye Emergencies During COVID-19

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On April 22, the American Optometric Association (AOA) urged patients with emergency eye care needs to get in touch with their local optometrist prior to seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Doing so not only eases the burden on emergency departments but also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

What Is Considered an Eye Emergency?

Most eye-related conditions can be treated in an outpatient optometry office or clinic. Emergency eye care includes, but is not limited to, urgent clinical advice or intervention for eye injuries and conditions that entail a foreign object in the eye, chemical burns, a sudden change in vision, flashes and floaters (which might suggest a retinal detachment), contact lens discomfort, red eyes and any other problems or symptoms that may impact or interfere with daily activities. 

Prioritizing Your Eye Care Needs During COVID-19

During the coronavirus outbreak, we have been going above and beyond to ensure that people are receiving the emergency eye care they need. 

 

Patients should first contact Clarity Optometry for guidance and potential treatment prior to heading to an overwhelmed hospital emergency room. Dr. Garzon can assess the level of care the patient needs—whether it's telehealth or urgent care that requires a visit to the eye clinic or, in severe cases, even the emergency room. 

 

This will ensure that patients get prompt treatment while allowing hospitals to conserve their resources for the current pandemic. In fact, research has shown that treating eye emergencies at eye doctors' offices can potentially divert 1.4 million patients away from emergency rooms per year.

 

While we have closed our store for routine appointments, Clarity Optometry at Hamilton continues to provide emergency care for those who need it. We'd like to reassure our patients that we are here to help with anyone’s emergency eye care requirements – for both for new and existing patients.

 

 

References:

 

https://www.visionmonday.com/eyecare/coronavirus-briefing/crisis-response-tactics/article/aoa-cautions-patients-against-avoidable-er-visits-for-primary-eyecare-services-during-covid19-pandemic/

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To our valued patients:

As we continue to be mandated closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are in the midst of preparing and planning for our office to reopen. Our patient and staff health and well-being is our priority. In preparation we have been cleaning and disinfecting our office daily, staggering appointment times when scheduling patient visits and modifying the physical set up of the office to respect physical distancing measures. All surfaces touched by patients and Team members are being sanitized before and after use eg. door handles, frames, equipment. Our Team will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment throughout your visit. We are working hard to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Please reach out to us should you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to serving our community again soon!

The Team at Clarity Optometry