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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 Cavett Eye Care for guidance and potential treatment prior to heading to an overwhelmed hospital emergency room. Dr. Sonja Cavett 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, Cavett Eye Care at Greenville 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/

Great News! As of May 2020, we will be open for patient care. We are so excited to see you again! Here are a few of the changes that we have implemented for your safety.

We will be limiting patient traffic to enhance physical distancing.

Staff members will be wearing protective masks at all times. We ask that patients do the same.

Patients will be asked to wait in their car when they arrive to minimize time in the office.

Patients with symptoms of illness or those with higher likelihood of exposure will be asked to postpone their visit.

Visitors will not be allowed to accompany patients to their exam unless they are a parent, guardian, or caretaker.

We will be screening forehead temperatures using non-contact thermometers.

As always, we will be using online patient registration at home to eliminate possible contamination through clipboard/paper use.

More time will be created between appointments to minimize the number of patients in the office at one time.

Extra precautions are being used to clean and sanitize all surfaces and instruments.