To Our Patients Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NYS Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology released recommendations regarding patient care during the Coronavirus pandemic. This included both office-based care and surgical care.
These recommendations have been eased, so we are now seeing all patients currently scheduled with appointments, and surgeries resumed the week of May 25th.
Please note that any patient with the following (unless known to be caused by a chronic condition such as allergies, asthma, COPD, etc.) will be asked to reschedule:
- Fever of 100.4 or higher
- Shortness of breath
- Contact in the past 14 days with a person having the above symptoms
- Visitation in the past 14 days to a nursing home or prison
Until further notice, as per the guidance of the governor’s executive orders, please observe the following:
- All patients must bring and wear a face mask to all appointments. Masks with one-way valves are not acceptable as they do not filter exhaled air.
- Patients must not speak during the slit-lamp exam.
- Please maintain social distancing in the waiting room. Only caregivers are allowed into the building with patients.
- Patients with adequate mobility may need to wait in their car after checking in. Please be prepared by bringing your cell phone to every appointment. Those with mobility issues will be asked to maintain social distancing in the waiting room.
Rest assured that all equipment is disinfected between patients, as usual, and we also disinfect all seats and other contact surfaces after usage. All slit-lamp exam microscopes are equipped with face shields.
Your health and safety are always our top priority. Please note that there will likely be new protocols and the need to maintain social distancing for some time.
Sincerely, Drs. Hite, Solomon, and Cortese
Last updated June 1, 2020