Corona Virus COVID-19 Information

Update on COVID-19 Protocols

Starting Monday May 4th and in accordance with the recent announcement by Governor Brown, additional services will be available at all of our clinic locations.

The updated orders require that we continue to monitor all patients, visitors and staff for temperatures, cough, or other symptoms which may indicate potential exposures.  We will continue to do this along with implementing social distancing measures in our clinics, wait areas, check-in, and other patient care service areas.

However, the updated orders will mean that Dr. Aryah and Dr. Kunz will resume seeing most types of patients for cataract care, cornea, glaucoma, and other general eye exams and care; including prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Kunz will continue to offer some telemedicine appointments for those patients interested in a video exam for treatment or who are unable to come to our clinic during this time.

Our retina care services have been mostly in service all along as much of retina requires maintenance care to retain sight and vision.  Retina will continue to care for patients as before but with continued observation of social distancing and other virus mitigation policies.

Keeping our patients and staff safe is our highest priority and we will see patients as long as we’re able to do so. Please call 541-687-1927 to schedule an appoint for your eye care needs.

We realize that the Corona Virus (COVID-19) is a concern for many right now and times like these can be very stressful. We hope to keep our patients informed during this time and to do our part in keeping our patients healthy.

Please see here for additional information on telemedicine visits for our patients. We are vigilant in our efforts to keep our patients who need to come into clinic safe.

 

Below you will find the answers to common questions from our patients:

What precautions is Oregon Eye Consultants taking in regard to Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • We are wiping down all patient care areas after every patient visit in our clinics. We use Hospital grade disinfectants or other anti-viral sprays/ solutions on all surfaces and equipment.
  • All patients coming into clinic will be asked to SANITIZE their hands before being placed into a patient room
  • We are sanitizing each exam room after every patient
  • We are wiping down all staff work areas and common patient wait areas at least every two hours using anti-viral sprays/ solutions
  • We are informing any patient calling into the practice to reschedule and stay home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms (fever/ cough)
  • Likewise, any staff member with flu-like symptoms are directed to stay home. In some cases, staff members can work from home as necessary
  • Until further notice, we will stop providing coffee service in our wait areas
  • We will continue to provide a water service but will require patients to use tissues when dispensing water
  • We have removed all magazines from the waiting areas
  • Whenever possible, we will ask that patients with visitors/ family wait outside or in their cars until the patient visit is completed
  • We will prop open all clinic doors so that patients or others will not have to use the door handles
  • We have implemented clean pen/used pens system for use in our check-in and check-out areas
  • We are restricting the interaction of non-patient essential staff within our offices until further notice
  • We may reduce or eliminate in person patient surgery scheduling, and schedule by phone until further notice

 

I’m sick or not feeling well. Should I still come into the clinic for my appointment?

 Please do not come into the clinic if you are actively symptomatic or at risk of spreading illness to other patients or staff. Instead please call Oregon Eye Consultants at 541-687-1927 to discuss rescheduling your appointment to a day when you will not be at risk of spreading illness to others. If your appointment is for an emergency eye condition, please call our office and our staff will discuss your care with your ophthalmologist and whether your doctor would like you to keep your appointment.

Our clinic is not able to test patients for COVID-19. If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, please call your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms.

Again, if you are sick, please contact us at 541-687-1927 to reschedule your appointment.

How is COVID-19 spread?

 The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19?

 The following symptoms may occur within 14 days after exposure: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Call your PCP if you believe you may have COVID-19. They will discuss the next steps you should take.

What can we do to prevent transmission of the virus?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Please see the links below to keep updated on COVID-19 as more information becomes available:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://lanecounty.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=16503774

 

Oregon Eye Consultants takes the health of our patients and staff very seriously. We will be vigilant about maintaining attention to hygiene of our office to prevent the spread of illness.