We hope this message finds you and yours healthy during these challenging times. Officials have notified us that it’s safe to reopen. We are reopening on June 3rd 2020. We have implemented the following safety measures as mandated by the state and in accordance with best health practices from the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
NEW SAFETY MEASURES
- Exam rooms and equipment will be cleaned before and after every patient according to CDC guidelines.
- All glasses and frames used will be removed and only returned until fully cleaned and disinfected. We are using a UV-C sanitizer device to maintain the quality of the frames and can be used to sanitize other office supplies.
- We are conducting paperless pre-visit screenings for all patients with upcoming appointments. For new patients visit www.clearfinityeyecare.com to complete the New Registration Form. We will have a Patient Update Form online as well for returning patients.
- Our staff are up-to-speed on COVID-19 symptoms and utilize recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Our waiting room has two chairs at least 6 feet apart to help ensure patients maintain a safe social distance. Please arrive 10-minutes early to allow for curbside check-in. You may call or text 703-293-5222 to inform the front desk of your arrival. We ask that you wait in your parked car or away from other patients outdoors on the bench outside our office.
- We will meet you outside where your temperature will be taken prior to being brought into the building. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or other COVID-19 symptom your appointment will be rescheduled.
- Only patients, or patients plus one critical caregiver/translator, are allowed into an appointment.
- All toys and magazines, etc. have been temporarily removed.
- Our office is closed to all people except patients and healthcare workers (no sales or delivery people will enter the facility).
- We ask that you wear a face-covering that covers your nose in the office. If you have a medical condition where you cannot wear a mask, or you do not want to wear a mask, please wait to book an appointment until we reach a phase where masks are optional in our office.
- We’ve added time between appointments to allow for sanitizing and to keep patients apart from one another to avoid high volume or density.
- Any patients or staff who were diagnosed with COVID-19 must have an all-clear notification from their physician before entering our facility.
- We ask that all patients use the hand sanitizer provided at the front door upon entering (gloves included). It will also be available in other areas of the office as well as soap and water.
Our primary goal is to provide a safer and sanitary environment for the well-being of our patients, staff, and doctor.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at any time. To request an appointment, please click below.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Clearfinity Eyecare Optometrist
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.