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

Dear valued patients,

We are pleased to announce that we will reopen on May 1st.

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff, we will ask that:

  1. All patients entering the practice must wear a face mask
  2. We are not accepting walk ins- all encounters are by appointment only
  3. If you are not feeling well or have a fever, please cancel your appointment and reschedule for at least 2 weeks out
  4. We will be limiting how many people are in the office at a time, so please come alone to your appointment (unless it's an adult accompanying a minor)
  5. Feel free to use your car as the waiting room. Call us when you arrive and we will let you know when you are able to enter safely.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We wish you the best of health and hope to see you soon.

Dr. Kimberly Stuckey, Michelle and Quaeyla