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Why You Shouldn’t Visit the ER for Eye Emergencies During COVID-19

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On April 22, the American Optometric Association (AOA) urged patients with emergency eye care needs to get in touch with their local optometrist prior to seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Doing so not only eases the burden on emergency departments but also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

What Is Considered an Eye Emergency?

Most eye-related conditions can be treated in an outpatient optometry office or clinic. Emergency eye care includes, but is not limited to, urgent clinical advice or intervention for eye injuries and conditions that entail a foreign object in the eye, chemical burns, a sudden change in vision, flashes and floaters (which might suggest a retinal detachment), contact lens discomfort, red eyes and any other problems or symptoms that may impact or interfere with daily activities. 

Prioritizing Your Eye Care Needs During COVID-19

During the coronavirus outbreak, we have been going above and beyond to ensure that people are receiving the emergency eye care they need. 

 

Patients should first contact Dolman Eyecare Centre for guidance and potential treatment prior to heading to an overwhelmed hospital emergency room. Dr. Howard Dolman can assess the level of care the patient needs—whether it's telehealth or urgent care that requires a visit to the eye clinic or, in severe cases, even the emergency room. 

 

This will ensure that patients get prompt treatment while allowing hospitals to conserve their resources for the current pandemic. In fact, research has shown that treating eye emergencies at eye doctors' offices can potentially divert 1.4 million patients away from emergency rooms per year.

 

While we have closed our store for routine appointments, Dolman Eyecare Centre at New Hamburg continues to provide emergency care for those who need it. We'd like to reassure our patients that we are here to help with anyone’s emergency eye care requirements – for both for new and existing patients.

 

 

References:

 

https://www.visionmonday.com/eyecare/coronavirus-briefing/crisis-response-tactics/article/aoa-cautions-patients-against-avoidable-er-visits-for-primary-eyecare-services-during-covid19-pandemic/

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Exciting News!! We are now open!!

Dolman Eyecare is now open! But we need your help.

Your health and eye care is our priority. Our clinic is taking all of the mandated precautions and more, to minimize the risks to your health; but we need your help! We have special early morning hours for our ‘at risk’ patients. In addition to a health questionnaire, a mask, and hand sanitizing / washing is required for all patients, staff and doctors. We will continue to practice physical distancing and have acrylic counter barriers when distancing isn’t possible. There will be disinfection of all instruments, counters, door knobs, bathrooms, and any other touchable surface after each patient visit. We want you to feel safe in our office space. Don’t let issues with your eyes and vision become bigger problems. Call our office today for an appointment (519-662-3340). Take care!

Should you experience an after hours eye emergency or concerns about your eye health, please email oncall@gmail.com