Dear valued patients and friends, As the world is responding to the COVID-19 threat, please be assured that our office continues to use protocols for a medical grade clean environment, not only during this novel outbreak, but always have, to avoid spread of disease.

We currently are open for urgent eye care only during this time. If you are experiencing symptoms such as runny nose, cough, fever, or respiratory symptoms, please stay at home. If you are in a high risk category based on age or preexisting conditions, or have reluctance to leaving your home, please call our office and we will happily reschedule your appointment. We would appreciate as much notice as possible so as to make those times available for those who truly need our more prompt care.

I do want to reiterate what you are hearing again and again by other health officials everywhere. Stay at home if you are not well. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Keep your hands away from your face and eyes.

Wash your eyeglass frame and lenses daily with hot, non-lotion containing soap and water. Do NOT use ammonia products or bleach on your lenses.

For those who wear contact lenses: Recently the AOA president has recommended wearing glasses instead of CLs during this time so as to reduce the number of times you touch your face and eyes. I do agree with this. If you still elect to continue to wear your CLs however, be sure to maintain healthy hand hygiene before insertion and removal. For those not in daily replacement CLs, use fresh solution every time you disinfect, clean your CL case with hot soapy water every day and rinse thoroughly, and replace your case at least every month.

In general, if you are ever ill with cold or flu-like symptoms, even if not related to the coronavirus, it is generally recommended to wear glasses over CLs, as illness can disrupt the body's natural tear production and protective quality mechanisms and lead to dry eyes or other ocular issues.

Please be assured that we always have your eye care as well as overall health care as our foremost concern. We are here for you as you need us.

Our thoughts are for you and your families, that we remain healthy as a community, and care for one another while we face this health care challenge.

Best wishes for good health,
Dr. Zeifert and Staff
 
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. We are taking extra precautions to keep our patients and staff safe.

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.

We are doing what we can to look after your health and your vision, and as always, we appreciate you being our patient.


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


Transmission
• Spreads person to person through small droplets from nose or mouth which are spread 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 their eyes, nose or mouth.


Steps to take to minimize risk
• Wash hand with soap & water for at least 20 seconds
• Avoid touching your 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 the tissue in trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Ensure employees have ample facilities to wash their hands.
   
PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR 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.