Until further notice, all patients and staff will wear a face mask in the office.
We know this is annoying, but it is for the protection of both you the patient, our staff, and our community.
Recent studies have shown that wearing a mask helps reduce the transmission of airborne diseases up to 85%.
Every commonly-touched object in the office is manually disinfected using CDC-recommended methods twice a day.
Unfortunately, we have had to remove such items from the office as:
We have implemented new protocols in the office to ensure that no 2 patients are in the same 6 foot air space at any time.
Also, our staff will maintain social distancing as often as physically possible depending on the procedure being performed.
Any non-porous, shareable item in the office is sterilized using a UV-C chamber built by Dr. Parker. This will inactivate any single-stranded RNA virus (such as coronavirus) in only 12 seconds. We leave things in there longer though just to be sure. At 2 minutes, this chamber will even kill C-Diff.
We use this chamber to safely sanitize:
Ask if we can sanitize your phone while you wait!
Periodically, we run an ozone generator throughout the office (while there are no occupants) either overnight or over the weekend.The ozone safely dissipates to undetectable levels by morning.
Ozone is a very strong oxidant and virucide. The mechanisms of disinfection is direct oxidation/destruction of the cell wall.
Wel also use this device in a large tote to safely disinfect porous items in the office such as blood pressure cuffs, face masks, or any other device that has a porous material.
Periodically we will run a high-wattage UV-C lamp in a room that has many pieces of equipment that is commonly used. UV-C lamps put out a narrow band of UV light at 254nm which is the wavelength that breaks apart DNA and RNA. This inactivates viruses in a very short time. In fact, a 75W bulb will completely inactivate all viruses in a 10x10x10 room in only 16 minutes. This is only done after hours and cannot be detected afterwards. Do not ever look at a UV-C bulb! We use a remote switch to turn the bulb on and off safely.
By utlizing online paperwork, our office improves your experience by:
Telemedicine is now an option for those ocular probelms that may not require an in-office visit.
If you feel you have an eye problemthat can be addressed over telemedicine, please request the appropriate appointment.