As our community copes with the fast-moving spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus we hope you and yours are in good health during these stressful times.
Public officials have asked non-essential businesses to close down for a limited time while a local quarantine begins.
Although we are an essential practice, we follow the recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), AOA (American Optometric Association) and AAO (American Association of Ophthalmology). They recommend that we do not perform routine annual eye exams at this time, but we can assist with urgent medical or eyeglass concerns by appointment only via telemedicine or in office on a case by case basis.
For the safety of our team to help flatten the curve, we have now decided to temporarily close the office until further notice.
However, we are HERE FOR YOU and you can reach us by text or call at 703-293-5222 to answer any questions.
If you are experiencing an urgent need, like red eyes, itchy eyes, discharge, bump on lid, swollen eyelids, etc.. please don’t hesitate to contact our office or book online at our website for a medical telehealth consultation.
If you need to REFILL OR ORDER CONTACT LENSES, you can conveniently order them on our website and they’ll be delivered directly to your door at no charge.
When we are given the green-light to renew business operations we will update you. We thank you for your patience during this interruption and hope to see you when we re-open, happy and healthy. Please contact us at 703-293-5222 via text or call if you have any questions or you can email us at email@example.com and we will respond back as quickly as we can.
A FEW FACTS ABOUT COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) FROM THE CDC:
Person to Person Spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Spread from Contact with Infected Surfaces or Objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Masks: Myth vs. Fact
Regular surgical masks are used for those who are sick or have a cough to keep their own droplets inside the mask. They do not prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Only the N95 respirator mask can block out viruses like SARS, H1N1, and the coronavirus. This mask is used for medical personnel who are around a patient with the virus, or a caretaker who is home with someone with the virus. Yes, you can walk around with this mask, but it is sealed tight against your nose and mouth, so it’s not sustainable to wear it for long durations. It is also most important that health care workers have access to the N95 respirator masks.
Basic Steps to Prevent Illness
The same advice your Mom taught you applies to the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are sick, cough or sneeze into your elbow, use hand sanitizer, and stay hydrated.
If you think you may have COVID-19
If you are experiencing initial symptoms of a fever, cough, and body aches isolate yourself at home. Only visit urgent care if you also begin to experience breathing problems that may arise in some cases.