Dear Friends & Family of Florence Eye Center,
In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The American Optometric Association, we continue to offer a modified level of patient care to serve your needs during these uncertain times.

We have resumed our normal hours. Rest assured that:
• We will always be here to serve you.

• The services and products we provide to you will be done so in a healthy and safe manner.

• We are taking every reasonable precaution to protect you during these uncertain times.

• We are sanitizing often throughout the day.

If you have an appointment or need to visit our clinic during these times, we ask that you help us provide socially responsible and safe care by adhering to the following:
• Unless you have a need for a caregiver or guardian, please come to your appointment unaccompanied. If you need a driver, please ask them to wait in the car during your visit to reduce the number of people in our clinic. Reducing unnecessary visitors allows us to maintain the social distancing required by the CDC and, in turn, allows us to care for more patients.

• All visitors (regardless the reason for their visit) must check in at the front desk. Please maintain proper social distancing while inside our facility. In the unlikely event that a line has formed to our entryway, please remain outside until there is room for you to enter. After you check in at the front desk, please find a seat and wait for assistance rather than browsing in our optical boutique or engaging in other activities.

• Anyone exhibiting a fever will be asked to leave the building and be given instructions on when and how to follow-up.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office. We welcome your phone call and very much look forward to seeing you again. We remain committed to your care. Thank you in advance for your understanding as we navigate these uncertain times together.



Sincerely,
Florence Eye Center



EYE EXAM





WE WANT TO KEEP YOU SAFE!
All of us here sincerely hope that you, your family and friends are all healthy during these stressful times.

Contact Lens Wear is Safe, however:
• Proper Hand Washing is Essential.
• Disinfect Contact Lenses.
• Discontinue Lens Wear Only if Sick.

Also remember to:
• Disinfect Your Eyeglasses.
• Eyeglasses are Not Proven to Offer Protection.

Symptoms
• Mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing
• Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 or as long as 14 days.

Transmission
• Spreads person to person through small droplets from nose or mouth when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.
• Can catch the virus by touching objects and surfaces that droplets have landed on and then touching eyes, nose or mouth.


Steps to take to minimize risk:
• Wash hand with soap & water for at least 20 seconds
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw away.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Ensure ample facilities to wash their hands.

PROTECT YOURSELF AND FAMILY
Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue will greatly reduce the number of germs that are able to spread to people and objects around you. Even if your illness doesn't seem very bad to you, it could be much more serious for someone who catches your germs.

SOCIAL DISTANCING
What Is Social Distancing? Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Here in the office we're asking you to not sit next to each other to observe Social Distancing. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, please be respectful of others boundaries.


READ MORE about Coronavirus Eye Safety
(CDC) Center for Disease Control ➤
(AOA) American Optometric Association ➤
(AAO) American Academy of Ophthalmology ➤

CONTACT LENSES
Contact lenses can be worn safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is evident that contact lens wear remains a highly effective form of vision correction for millions of people worldwide and, for many, the only viable path to functional vision. Certainly, it is understandable that individuals who depend on their contact lens correction to function visually in their everyday life are concerned about whether contact lenses should be worn during this time. However, there is no scientific evidence at this time indicating that wearing contact lenses increases the risk of contracting COVID-19.

The virus is primarily transmitted by being in close proximity to an affected individual who coughs or sneezes and inhaling the resulting droplets. As such, the importance of social distancing cannot be sufficiently emphasized.

The predominant ocular finding, occurring in between 3 - 30% of infected individuals, is conjunctivitis (i.e., "pink eye"). However, studies have found that there is very little evidence that COVID-19 is present in the tears, which indicates that while touching the eyes can represent a possible factor in transmission, but it is a fairly weak factor of transmission.

There are, however, several factors that are important in minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission while wearing contact lenses which have been recommended by numerous sources.

These include the following:
1. The Importance of Proper Hand Washing.
Touching the eyes can represent a factor involved in COVID-19 transmission only if the hands were not washed thoroughly prior to handling the lenses. Prior to the current pandemic, it has been reported that poor hand hygiene is a risk factor in developing sight-threatening conditions such as microbial keratitis (i.e., "corneal ulcer") and corneal inflammatory events in contact lens wearers.7 Therefore, eye care professionals have always emphasized that the hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and water for, at minimum, 20 seconds, and dried with an unused paper towel.

2. Proper Contact Lens Care.
Individuals wearing daily disposable lenses should discard their lenses after every use. Lenses that are worn on a two-week, monthly, or longer replacement schedule should be cleaned and disinfected as recommended by the prescribing eye care professional. Likewise, for individuals not disposing of their lenses daily, care solution bottles and storage cases should be discarded, at minimum, every month and good case hygiene should be performed. This includes emptying out old solution nightly, never topping off old solution with fresh solution, as well as cleaning and wiping the case dry every day.

3. Discontinue Contact Lens
Wear if Ill As is consistent with other types of illness, anyone who feels ill with cold or flu-like symptoms should discontinue contact lens wear during this time period.

Florence Eye Center
711 COX CREEK PARKWAY
FLORENCE, AL 35630
(256) 766-3139
Specs Downtown
109 N. COURT STREET
FLORENCE, AL 35630
(256) 246-2959
Muscle Shoals Eye Center
1112 AVALON AVE
MUSCLE SHOALS, AL 35661
(256) 246-2965
Florence Eye Center 711 Cox Creek Pkwy. Florence, AL 35630 Phone: (256) 766-3139 Fax: (256) 767-7374
Muscle Shoals Eye Center 1112 Avalon Ave. Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 Phone: (256) 246-2965 Fax: (256) 246-2966
Specs Downtown 109 N. Court St. Florence, AL 35630 Phone: (256) 246-2959 Fax: (256) 767-7374

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