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The Coronavirus has changed our world for now. Therefore it has changed our practice too.
We no longer shake hands and we all wear masks in our office. These are two basic examples of how we have changed to protect our patients and our staff. Overall, we take the coronavirus seriously. We even closed our office for 2 months in accordance with local and professional guidance. Before we reopened, we formulated many safety changes based on recommendations from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, California Medical Association, and the CDC. Here are some of the changes that we have made:
- We no longer shake hands.
- All staff and patients are expected to wear masks.
- All patients are reminded to reschedule their appointment if they have symptoms of a viral illness.
- We have installed acrylic shields at the front desk and acrylic breath shields at our slit-lamps and testing devices.
- We have sanitizer available throughout the office and staff are reminded to always wash their hands in between patients (a continued practice from before coronavirus).
- We wipe down all chairs and testing equipment between patients (a continued practice from before coronavirus).
- We wipe down commonly touched surfaces during the day such as door handles, keyboards, and phones.
- We ask that patients call us prior to their appointments from their car to ensure that we have space in waiting room to maintain social distancing.
- We have eliminated chairs from our waiting room to maintain social distancing and bought new chairs that have wipeable surfaces.
- We have a daily “wellness log” for all staff in which they document their temperatures and symptoms.
- We have temperature checks for every patient that enters our office.