Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

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NOTICE!!

As of Tuesday evening, March 18th, the CDC has recommended that all routine eye care be deferred until further notice, in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 throughout our community.  Please be assured that we are still available for urgent and emergent issues as well as help you with routine matters during this challenging time.

What does this mean?
1) We have rescheduled all annual eye examinations.

2) We have closed both offices until further notice but will be regularly checking messages.

3) If you need to replace glasses or contact lenses or need an extension on your prescription, please contact us and we will assist you in obtaining some until you can come in for a visit.
4) If you are running out of a medication please contact us and we can transmit a refill electronically to your pharmacy.
5) If you have an issue which cannot wait for an office visit, contact us and we will schedule a FaceTime or Telephone appointment with one of our doctors. Medicare has temporarily relaxed its telehealth rules to allow this type of communication during the pandemic crisis. Other insurers may follow suit and allow for reimbursement of virtual care costs. The consultation must be initiated at your request.
6) If you have an ocular emergency we are, as always, available to help you at any time. Call either office and wait for instructions on the message. Drs. Smith and Saracino will address your issue and see you in person or refer to another provider if needed.

The CDC has many wonderful resources. Arming yourself and your family with clear information will help you avoid undue stress.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

We have asked our staff to reduce hours to match our patient needs and stay home as much as possible until further notice to protect them, our patients, our state, our nation, and our planet. Despite the financial and emotional hardships this will cause, we ask every one of you to do the same.

Together we will weather this storm.

Drs. Smith, Saracino and Staff

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