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COVID-19 UPDATE 05/6/2020

Dear Valued Patients,

We hope all of you are staying well! We are expanding the hours we are open to take care of your vision problems, eyewear/contact lens needs and urgencies! We are now open M-F 8 am—4 pm. If you have a vision need that needs to be addressed, give us a call and we will be happy to address your needs or concerns.

We are taking the greatest measures for proper safety protocols to ensure your safety and ours. We ask that you wear a protective mask and fill out as much paperwork as possible prior to arriving for your appointment. Forms will be available through our patient portal, our website, or you may pick up printed forms from our office. We also ask that you come by yourself to your appointment, or with as few people as possible.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we make all these changes at this time. We miss our patients and look forward to seeing you soon. Read about our safety protocols here.

Sincerely,

The Flagstaff Vision Team

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

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 Flagstaff Vision for guidance and potential treatment prior to heading to an overwhelmed hospital emergency room. Dr. Patrick Padrnos 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, Flagstaff Vision at Flagstaff 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/