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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 for guidance and potential treatment prior to heading to an overwhelmed hospital emergency room. Dr. Elina Shrayman 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, at Verona 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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At Verona Eye Care, we have taken great measures to ensure a healthy environment for everyone at all times. Social distancing techniques and appropriate protective equipment will be in place. Our efforts to provide you the safest and most effective care will be an on-going priority during these rapidly evolving circumstances.

Our offices are following the recommended guidance from public health authorities, including best practices for hygiene and infection control.

We’ve implemented a COVID-19 specific protocol. This protocol includes glasses sterilization and thorough surface cleaning and exam room sanitizing between patients. Patients will be asked to wait in their cars and complete check-in procedures virtually whenever possible. Our physicians and staff are provided personal protective equipment (PPE). When patients enter the office, they will be asked to wear a mask, homemade covering, scarf, or bandana at all times when on the premises.

As a valued patient of Verona Eye Care, we appreciate the trust you place in us. Please reach out with any questions, we are here for you.