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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 Berryessa Optometry for guidance and potential treatment prior to heading to an overwhelmed hospital emergency room. Dr. Lim 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, Berryessa Optometry at Berryessa 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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We are excited to welcome you back into our office and thank you for being patient and understanding. We will be opening Monday, May 11th, 2020, for scheduled routine eye exams. We will be open by APPOINTMENT ONLY to reduce the number of people in the office.

Due to COVID-19, we are taking precautions to ensure your safety and well being, as it remains our highest priority. Our staff is diligently adhering to CDC guidelines and other healthcare recommendations and required protocols.

You can still order your contacts (shipping at N/C) by emailing: insurance@berryessaoptometry.com.

During our closure, we will not be able to receive or respond to phone calls. Please do not leave any voice messages. If you are having an eye emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you  soon!

Thomas L. Lim OD
Hung D. Mac, OD

 

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We are excited to welcome you back into our office and thank you for being patient and understanding. We will be opening Monday, May 11th, 2020, for scheduled routine eye exams. We will be open by APPOINTMENT ONLY to reduce the number of people in the office.

Due to COVID-19, we are taking precautions to ensure your safety and well being, as it remains our highest priority. Our staff is diligently adhering to CDC guidelines and other healthcare recommendations and required protocols.

You can still order your contacts (shipping at N/C) by emailing insurance@berryessaoptometry.com.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Hung D. Mac, OD

Thomas L. Lim, OD