Updates on COVID-19 from Northwest Eye
Northwest Eye continues to work with our physicians and staff to minimize the impact of the coronavirus for our patients, teams, and facilities. We’re following the latest updates from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and America Academy of Ophthalmology to continue providing the highest quality eye care to our patients.
As of February 6th, 2023, facemasks are optional for all team members, patients and visitors. We are tracking CDC Community Levels of COVID-19 every other week to guide this policy, and masks will remain optional while our community levels of COVID are “low” or “medium”. Should the Community Level return to “high”, facemasks will return to being required.
For minor patients, two parents/guardians will be allowed to accompany the patient during their appointment. We encourage you to find childcare for other siblings without an appointment.
While we have increased safety protocols, our physicians have no limitation to their surgical schedules. We are accepting all surgical patients, including urgent and elective surgeries. If you need to schedule your surgery, please call us at 763-416-7600.
We are seeing patients in our clinics. To keep our patients and staff safe, Northwest Eye has instituted the following procedures to manage in-office visits:
- Screening – All patients and staff are advised to self-screen before entry to our clinics. Anyone with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19, should reschedule their appointment.
- Social Distancing – Our waiting rooms have been arranged to accommodate social distancing recommendations; We ask that patients and visitors to continue following social distancing guidelines, whenever possible, in our facilities.
- Environment – Common areas are cleaned routinely, and patient care areas and equipment are disinfected regularly.
- Hand Hygiene – All patients, visitors, and staff are encouraged to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, with particular attention before and after touching/adjusting a face mask or after touching any potentially contaminated surface.
Our Northwest Eyewear Optical Departments are open at all locations. Although not required, we are still encouraging patients to schedule an appointment with our Certified Opticians when browsing and purchasing eyeglasses. If we reach our maximum occupancy in the optical area, we will direct walk-in patients and customers to a waiting area until we have available space. We continue to maintain the same safety standards of disinfecting all touch surfaces, including frame and sunglass inventory. We look forward to assisting you and your family!
Patients can order contacts online found here: https://northwest-eye.myeyestore.com/
COVID-19 in Ophthalmology
An article published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology noted that several reports suggest that COVID-19 can cause conjunctivitis (commonly known as “pink eye”). Although not as common of a symptom as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, this is something our scheduling team will take into consideration.
More about COVID-19 from the CDC
Here are a few tips to protect yourself from this respiratory illness:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Thank you for trusting us with your care. For additional information, please call us at 763-416-7600.
Sources: www.cdc.gov, www.aao.org