COVID Update March 31, 2020

Dear Families,

During this painful time, as we shelter in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, you should know that pediatric ophthalmologists become essential workers in the event of a medical or surgical emergency. While our sisters and brothers serve on the front lines, pediatric ophthalmologists remain ready to serve in the event we are called upon.

Health and safety are always our top priority. Following guidelines from the CDC, the NYS and NYC Departments of Health, and our professional organizations, we have adapted scheduling and safety protocols to ensure your child is cared for, no matter what else is going on. We even offer telemedicine visits when feasible and indicated.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that all ophthalmologists provide treatment only for urgent or emergent care until further notice. This includes (but is not limited to): trauma, a sudden loss or change in vision, eye pain, and sudden onset of ocular misalignment. If you are concerned about such an eye condition, please call us. We are here for you.

We are currently scheduling appointments for June and July. Once it is safe to resume seeing patients, this will probably be in a limited capacity. Nobody knows when this will be. We are sorting through our appointments to triage who gets seen first. This will almost certainly involve rescheduling appointments once we know when “Opening Day” will be. Please bear with us. To schedule a non-emergent appointment, please call us Monday-Friday 10-5. Dial 718 468 9800 x2. Our staff is working safely from their homes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We look forward to seeing you at the office for your non-urgent eye care needs when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has provided excellent information on to how to stay healthy and protect your eyes while hunkering down at home. Please see these useful links below.

Wishing you good health and good luck always, The Doctors and Staff of PediatricEyeMD

Eye surgeries WILL be delayed during the pandemic, including certain emergencies. Eye safety is more important than ever! Here’s a useful overview: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/coronavirus-covid19-eye-infection-pinkeye

Know what you can and can’t treat yourself: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/home-remedies

It is possible for coronavirus to cause “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), but this is extremely rare. Treat pink eye at home when possible to avoid spreading disease. https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/pink-eye-quick-home-remedies

Scratched eye? Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/first-aid-eye-scratches

Stay out of the emergency room!! Protect your eyes during cleaning, cooking and home repair projects: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/safety-tips-home-eye-hazards

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