Eye Surgeons of Indiana is working diligently with our physicians and staff to prepare for potential impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our patients, teams, and facilities. To keep our patients and staff safe, we've instituted the following procedures:
- Schedules - Our clinics and surgery center will begin to offer most regular services, including cataract surgery and medical eye evaluations, starting on Monday 5/18. Urgent and emergency care clinics, as well as our retina clinic, will continue to remain open until then.
- Patient screening - All patients will be called prior to their clinic or surgery appointment to screen for any symptoms or risk factors for COVID-19. Patients will need to reschedule their appointment if symptoms of the virus are identified.
- Clinic visits - Patients will be asked to enter our clinics and surgery center alone whenever possible. If you need assistance, you will be allowed to have a friend or family member accompany you. A parent/guardian will be required for patients under age 18. Prior to entering our facilities, all patients and guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and have their temperature taken via a non-contact thermometer. Patients and guests will not be allowed into our facilities with any symptoms or fever.
- Masking - All patients and guests will be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering (not provided by Eye Surgeons of Indiana) before entering our facilities, unless physically unable to do so.
- Telehealth – As appropriate, we are offering virtual visits to patients to connect with our Optometrists to receive care and avoid the need for an in-office visit. Please download the EyecareLive app and register to get started. Contact us at (317) 841-2020 to learn more about telehealth visit options.
- Staff screening - Upon entering our facilities, all staff members will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and have their temperature taken. Staff members will be asked to seek care immediately with any symptoms or fever.
- Environment – Surfaces and equipment are disinfected between patients and our waiting rooms have been arranged to accommodate appropriate social distancing standards.
COVID-19 in Ophthalmology
A recent article published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology noted that several reports suggest that COVID-19 can cause conjunctivitis (commonly known as “pink eye”). Although not as common of a symptom as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, this is something our scheduling team will take into consideration.
Keeping Our Community Safe
The virus is thought to spread mainly 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. It may also be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Here are a few tips to protect yourself from this respiratory illness:
- Avoid close contact with people. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
As our community continues to rally together in the face of this unprecedented global health crisis, we thank you for your patience and apologize in advance for any inconvenience it may cause. We will continue to provide updates as new information is made available. Please contact us at (317) 841-2020 if you have questions or concerns.
CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Indiana State Department of Health – https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/
American Academy of Ophthalmology (for patients) – https://www.aao.org/eye-health/coronavirus
American Academy of Ophthalmology (for providers) – https://www.aao.org/headline/alert-important-coronavirus-context