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Update regarding contact lenses and COVID-19

Contact lens wear is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic as long as proper hand washing and disinfecting procedures are followed, according to three experts quoted in a press release from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education.

“When using contact lenses or spectacles, careful and thorough hand washing followed by hand drying with unused paper towels is paramount.

“For contact lens wearers, this should occur before every insertion and removal,” they said.

The three also emphasized the importance of disinfecting spectacles and glasses, as the corona virus can remain on hard surfaces and glasses for hours to days.

They recommend discontinuing contact lens wear when sick and said that spectacles are not proven to offer protection.

” Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FCAHS, DipCLP, DipOrth, FIACLE, FAAO; Philip Morgan, BSc, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA; and Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, said in the release. is director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education at the University of Waterloo in Canada; Morgan is chair of the division of pharmacy and optometry at the University of Manchester, U.K.; and Nichols is associate vice president of research and a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.

COVID-19 Information and Updates

To Our Patients,

Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all our patients who are considered high risk, to postpone non-essential excursions outside their homes in order to reduce risk of contracting COVID-19. This includes anyone over the age of 60, pregnant or nursing mothers, and anyone who is immunocompromised.

Although our office staff is vigilant about following all CDC and AOA guidelines, sanitizing all surfaces and eyewear, disinfecting all equipment, and common areas (reception area, bathroom, door handles, etc.), we nonetheless wish to avoid risking the health of our most vulnerable patients with unnecessary exposure to others who may be contagious but asymptomatic.

In an effort to further protect our patients and staff, we ask that you all are mindful of the following precautions:

  • If you are sick, please stay home. If you have had contact with someone who is ill or are caring for someone at risk, please defer your appointment.
  • If you have an ocular emergency or any urgent issue –please call us to schedule a telephone consult. If the doctor determines that he/she cannot resolve an urgent concern without seeing you in person, we will arrange an appointment for you in our office.
  • If you or your child are out of contacts or have broken or lost your glasses, and cannot get to our office, we can almost always fabricate and ship a replacement set, as we have your measurements on file.

Until further notice the office remains open for all your needs, including emergencies.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we all work together to keep our community healthy and safe.

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Learn about our Practice specialties including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and the treatment of eye diseases. Our website also offers you a convenient way to find our hours, address and map, schedule an appointment online, order contact lenses or contact us to ask us any questions you have about eye care and our Practice.

Have a look around our online office and schedule a visit to meet us in person. We are here to partner with you and your family for a lifetime of healthy eyes and vision. We look forward to seeing you!

COVID Update November 2020

Due to the increase in COVID cases in Ohio, Governor DeWine has issued a new mandate for all businesses effective Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Face covering are now mandatory anywhere you go in Ohio with the penalty of forced closure for not meeting mandate.  As such, we are now requiring all patients to wear a face covering in all of our offices.  If you have an exemption from your doctor, please present it to our staff when you arrive.  

All visits will be ‘by appointment only’ and you simply need to call the office you are visiting ahead of time to schedule a pick up/repair of your completed glasses or to schedule an appointment.  We are doing our best to have contact lens prescriptions delivered directly to your home, however, if needed, please schedule those pickups as well. 

All of our staff continue to wear masks, disinfect all equipment and frames between patients and observe the 6’ for 15 minute guidelines when possible.  

This pandemic has certainly not made it easy to exceed your expectations when you visit any of our offices and we are very appreciative of your understanding the inherent difficulties it has created.  We are ready to get back to normal sooner than later, but, in the meantime please know we are doing everything possible to make your visit as safe and efficient as possible.  

 

The Doctors and Staff at Primary EyeCare Associates