All offices are open for patient visits and elective surgeries.
The CDC announced guidance recently that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a face mask or stay 6 feet away from others in most outdoor or indoor settings. The exceptions include healthcare settings and where required by federal, state, or local laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
At Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, our COVID-19 precautions remain unchanged. Masks are still required for all patients, physicians and staff - and anyone entering one of our offices. Additionally, we will continue to enable social distancing in our waiting areas.
The CDC’s announcement is certainly welcome news, as we all desire to return to “normal” as soon as possible; and we look forward to the day when we are able to relax our own precautions. Still, our first priority throughout the pandemic has been the health and safety of our patients, our physicians and our staff.
Adam J. Altman, MD
Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania
IMPORTANT: How to Take Care of Your Contact Lenses During the COVID-19 Crisis (Updated: 3/29/2020)
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Contact lenses may still be worn during the COVID-19 crisis, but extra care needs to be taken to make sure you keep your case and hands clean and avoid contamination.
While the jury is still out as to whether COVID-19 is found in tears, a small recently published study did not find evidence of the virus in tears.
We do know however that the COVID-19 virus can enter our bodies through the surface of our eyes. This is why it is important to follow strict handwashing procedures when touching contact lenses and applying them to the eyes. You must always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water prior to any lens handling.
If your occupation exposes you to aerosolized saliva or saliva droplets make sure you wear a face shield or protective goggles.
Of course, the least risky measure at this time would be to avoid touching your face or eyes which would include using contact lenses unless you absolutely need them to function visually.
Taking more rigorous care of your contact lens case is extremely important.
Contact lens cases may be sanitized in the dishwasher or by being placed in boiling water for at least 3 minutes. Do this at least weekly.
Contact lens solutions must be replaced in the case each day, do not top off solutions. If it is difficult for you to obtain an adequate amount of solutions for your rigid gas permeable lenses, it is acceptable to use soft lens solutions which may be obtained in larger volumes.
Only use contact lens solutions for rinsing and cleaning cases. Do not use tap water or other bottled water. They could contain organisms that can infect the eye. If necessary, use boiling water as described above.
Clean the inside of your case daily, using either a clean finger or a lint free cloth. Rub the inside of the case and its lids in a circular motion for at least 5 seconds to remove any biofilms. Rinse the case and its lids with contact lens solutions only and shake off excess moisture.
Place your case and its lids on a clean lint free cloth or paper towel face down to air dry.
It is not recommended that you dry or store your case in the bathroom where it is humid and may be exposed to other aerosolized contaminants.
If you use 1 day lenses, replace them as directed. Scleral lens wearers should continue to use their specialized solutions. Ideally, you should replace your case every three months.
Be safe and share this with other contact lens wearers.
— Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania