COVID-19: Disclosure of Preemptive Steps to Minimize Patient and Staff Exposure - North Florida Cataract and Vision

Service Limitations and Preemptive Steps to Minimize Patient and Staff Exposure to COVID-19

Dear Patient of North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care:

In an effort to mitigate exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we as an organization are taking all necessary and available precautions, including those outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In accordance with CDC guidelines, our services are currenlty limited to diagnosing and treating ocular emergencies. Ocular emergencies may include: corneal ulcer, uveitis, acute angle closure glaucoma, orbital cellulitis, endophthalmitis, retinal detachment, corneal abrasion, corneal and conjunctival foreign bodies, hyphema, ruptured globe, orbital wall fracture, lid laceration, chemical injury, flashes and floaters, visual loss in one or both eyes, eye pain. As a patient, of course, you may not know if you are experiencing an included emergency, so we advise you to call us at 352-373-4300 with any and all vision concerns. If your symptoms justify, we will schedule an in-office evaluation. Our hours of operation will vary during this period, so you must call to schedule an appointment prior to coming in.

At this time, patients are required to fill out a screening form prior to coming to the office regarding potential exposure and/or symptoms or signs they or another person in their household or place of work might have been exposed to or are experiencing. As we confirm appointments, patients are asked not to come in if they have a cough, fever or any other flu-like symptoms.

Additionally, all of our staff is being closely monitored to ensure they are not carrying or transmitting the virus. We are using all recognized and recommended universal precautions (sterilizing rooms, washing hands with soap and hot water, using sanitizer, and gloves and masks when appropriate, and requesting staff members who do not feel well to remain at home and seek immediate medical care) to ensure a clean and safe environment for both patients and employees.

In the event you should fall ill (elevated temperature, sore throat, respiratory difficulties or other symptoms that could mimic those of COVID-19) within 14-days of being seen in our office or any other medical office or after being exposed to a large group of people in a confined area, you should immediately contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP), Contact your local Department of Health Center, Contact your local Emergency Department or a local Urgent Care Center for guidance on how to proceed.

While no one completely understand the COVID-19 at this point as clearly as we will in the coming weeks and months based on the number of tests now being deployed and the scientists working to determine the transmission of the virus our practice is following all issued guidelines recommended by the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO). We are confident that our aggressive preemptive steps will aid in minimizing the transmission of the virus but it is not guaranteed. Please take all reasonable steps to protect yourself by using basic hygiene procedures (cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze into a tissue or cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, immediately wash your hands with soap and hot water, use hand sanitizer, etc.) to aid in preventing the possible transmission of the virus.

Should you have further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask.