Our office is currently open (with some restrictions). After many weeks of limited hours during the lockdown, we’re taking appropriate measures to safely reopen our doors. We’re doing everything we can to ensure your safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What to Know Before Your Office Visit
- Come alone if possible — Come to your appointment alone unless you require a companion for physical or medical assistance. If you arrive with a companion, they will be asked to wait in your vehicle during your appointment time.
- Await instructions upon your arrival — Knock on the waiting room door upon your arrival. You can also call 732-607-0555 to let us know you have arrived. We ask that family members wait in the car unless the patient is a minor or needs assistance.
- Our waiting room is restricted — To reduce the risk to all, we plan to minimize the number of patients in the office at any one time. Access to our waiting room will be carefully monitored.
- Face covering required — Please bring a face covering from home to wear into the office.
- Hand-washing requested — Before your appointment begins, you will be asked to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.
Screening Questions to Protect Other Patients and our Staff
Be prepared to have your temperature taken on your forehead and answer the following COVID-19 screening questions:
- Have you had a fever in the last 5 days?
- Do you have a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
- Do you have (or have you had) any shortness of breath?
- Do you have a sore throat?
- Do you live with or have you been exposed to anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19?
If your temperature is more than 99.5 or if you answered yes to any of the above screening questions, you will be asked to reschedule for a minimum of 14 days later.
What You Can Do to Help Defeat COVID-19
We’re urging patients and everyone else to follow all CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as this crisis continues to unfold:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when hand-washing is not possible).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Observe social distancing — put a distance between yourself and other people of 6+ feet.
- Wear a face covering whenever you go out in public, especially when social distancing is not possible.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean and DISINFECT frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Remember — older adults and people who have underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease and diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
For additional information from the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology), download their guide: Coronavirus and Your Eyes.
Life got tougher for all of us worldwide. We are all in this fight together. And by following the CDC guidelines listed above, we can all play a pivotal role in helping to prevent this disease from spreading and overwhelming our healthcare system.
In time, we will beat this thing. Do what you can to help, and try to stay positive. In times of crisis, humanity has always shown its best. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together.