In light of the growing concern around Coronavirus, we’d like to share what we are doing to keep our patients healthy while still providing outstanding Eye Care.
We are in close communication with fellow medical professionals and closely following news and updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and government agencies to stay on top of this evolving situation.
According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is still thought to be low in Las Vegas.
The only way for the virus to infect you is through your mucous membranes, nose, mouth, eyes via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto those areas.
With that said, we want to make sure you are taking precautions in your personal lives, and also want you to feel secure with your vision and eye health.
In addition to offering enhanced in-office protocols, we are also offering Virtual Eye Evaluations after hours:
Below I have listed the enhanced disinfection and cleaning procedures we are using in our office that is recommended by the CDC and the AOA.
1. We always use strong disinfectants that kill all pathogens in any room following each patient encounter. We are also continually disinfecting the reception area, lab, optical, front desk, testing areas and lavatories with the same disinfectants continually throughout the day.
2. No HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump or elbow tap.
3. Our receptionists are screening and triaging patients with flu-like symptoms prior to being seen by our staff.
4. The office staff are using surgical masks during close encounters and washing hands frequently, along with using sanitizer.
5. We are using disposable gloves during any direct patient contact.
6. We are offering our contact lens patients the option to be refit into a 1-day daily disposable contact lens for a discounted $65 fee ( includes trial contact lenses)
TIPS YOU CAN USE AT HOME:
1) Shower when you get home after being in public environments.
2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
3) Open doors with your closed fist - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
4) Wear gloves at the grocery store and throw them out immediately when done.
5) Before bringing groceries or any other items into your home wipe them down with bleach and water and let them dry. This is crucial not to contaminate your home
6) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
7) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from public places.
8) Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or other parts of your face.
9) Use 1-day disposable contact lenses to enhance hygiene and risk of contamination.
10) Use Zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx.