We're Keeping an Eye on Your Vision and Safety
We hope you and your loved ones are doing well and are continuing to take special care for your health during these challenging times. Your overall wellness includes keeping an “eye” on your vision. That means keeping up with any recommended treatment plans for diagnosed conditions, like using prescription drops for glaucoma or having medication injections for macular degeneration. It also means scheduling eye examinations every two years after age 40.
Regular exams are key to protecting and preserving vision, especially from concerns that may not initially show symptoms but can cause loss of sight. Vision problems don’t just take a pause during a pandemic. Six out of 10 people over age 60 will develop cataracts. Glaucoma will affect one in 30 people over age 40. Diabetes-related sight loss will still increase in risk each year you have the disease. And, macular degeneration will continue to be the leading cause of central vision loss among baby boomers. Not detecting and treating these conditions increases your risk for car accidents, falls, loss of independence, depression, and other major health concerns.
As members of the medical profession, we understand people’s hesitancy to schedule appointments during the COVID-19 crisis. However, we would like to assure everyone that visits to our practice are handled under the strictest of safety protocols. Eye Care Specialists remained open during the start of the pandemic to provide essential emergency and critical care for patients with vision-threatening conditions. And, we have maintained the following high-standard safety procedures since reopening our doors to all of our patients:
To minimize your time inside the office, our staff may call you prior to your appointment to update and document your medical health history and current medications.
Upon arrival, you and anyone accompanying you—
Will have your temperature taken.
Will be asked to answer questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms.
Must wear a face mask at all times while in the office.
Physicians and staff members wear face masks at all times and have their temperatures taken on a daily basis.
Plexiglass shields have been installed at our check-in and check-out counters.
The number of patients and chairs in the waiting area has been significantly reduced.
All exam rooms and equipment are thoroughly disinfected between patients
Reception and common areas are regularly disinfected.
You can click on the video below for highlights of the precautions that we and other members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology are taking to keep you safe. If you are due for or in need of a comprehensive eye exam or a second opinion, we recommend that you call us as soon as possible to schedule a visit.
We appreciate your trust in our services and look forward to putting our expertise to use for you soon.
Mark Freedman, MD
Brett Rhode, MD
Daniel Ferguson, MD
Daniel Paskowitz, MD, PhD
Michael Raciti, MD
David Scheidt, OD
American Academy of Ophthalmology COVID-19 "Safety First" video