COVID-19 affecting eye care delivery
What changes have you made to your practice(s) to accommodate reducing coronavirus risk for patients, staff, and physicians? Let's share best practices and opinions for the clinic & operating room, as well as thoughts about telehealth--which components could work in your environment?
1. hygiene protocols
2. social distancing
3. mask wear
4. nasal swab vs. serology testing
5. temporary workforce reductions
This is Randal. As an oculoplastic surgeon, I was able to see all my cosmetic and reconstructive patients using telemedicine. Nonetheless, we need to develop technology that can reach patients who are not tech savvy as those who reside in Silicon Valley. In my practice, which was never closed because I continued to see emergency throughout Covid-19, we did all the things that you mentioned, the only difference is that we requested that our patients did both nasal swab and serology tests.