Resuming Care after COVID-19 Closure
We are pleased to be back providing routine eye care in office. We continue to observe appropriate social distancing protocols, limiting the number of staff and patients that are in the office at any one time.
We are not taking walk-in patients at this time and ask that you make an appointment for any in-office services that you may need. When you arrive for your appointment, call or text our office number and we will ask you to come in when appropriate.
We are also following recommended guidelines for wearing masks and require all patients to use a mask while in the office.
EYE DISEASE MANAGEMENT
A large part of the examination is finding out what the patient is experiencing and determining the type of dry eye causing the symptoms. We examine the surface of the eye under a microscope to look at the quantity and the quality of the tear film. Additionally, we examine the eyelids and the glands inside the eyelids to insure they are healthy.
There are a wide range of treatments ranging from over the counter products to specialty laser procedures. Many times using artificial tears and vitamin supplements can help boost the tear film. There are prescription eye drops that can aid in tear production as well as laser procedures for patients with more advanced dry eye.
Of course – stay hydrated and making sure you consume enough water each day. Additionally, take breaks from your computer and smart phone. I recommend the 20/20/20 Rule – take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away and blink your eyes. Finally, wearing sunglasses is critical to protecting the surface of the eye and the eyelids from UV exposure.
If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.
Please call our office at: 707-263-4294 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel the need to find the nearest emergency room.