ATTENTION: Read about our COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Corona virus update:

It is our primary goal to offer you the safest experience possible while providing the best eye care possible.  To that end, we have made considerable changes to our office policies and procedures which you should be aware of before entering our office.

PLEASE READ the entirety of this page, which includes:

  1. Before your visit
  2. Upon arrival
  3. During your visit 
  4. When to reschedule

Before your visit:

1)  To decrease the time spent in our office, please come prepared with the insurance form (found HERE) and patient registration form (found HERE). You can print them out at home and complete before arriving to the office. Please remember to bring your insurance card as well. 

2)  Only the patient and one guardian will be permitted to the office.  We cannot accommodate siblings or more than one guardian as this makes social distancing more difficult and increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19. If you have other children, please make arrangements in advance for who can watch them, as they will not be permitted in the office. 

Upon arrival:

1) Patients (over age 2) and guardians MUST wear a mask covering their nose and mouth throughout their entire time in our office. The mask CANNOT be the type with a “valve”.  Also, “gaiters” are not sufficient.

2) Patients and guardians will have their temperatures checked (non-contact) upon arrival. They will also be asked screening questions about symptoms (Fever/Chills, Cough, Sore throat, Nausea/Vomiting, Loss of Taste/Smell, Runny nose, Malaise, Headaches).

3) Our check-in and check-out areas are protected by plastic barriers. Pardon our appearance!

During your visit: 

1) We will be minimizing the use of our waiting room, and make our best effort to bring patients straight from the front desk into an exam room.  We have removed all magazines and toys, and have spread out the chairs.

2)  If you are being dilated, you will likely have the option of staying in your original private exam room while waiting (about 3o minutes). You may use the waiting room if you prefer more space and are comfortable there. You also have the option of waiting outdoors or in your car.

3) All equipment is thoroughly cleaned before you enter the exam room. The doctors will be using additional protective gear, including plastic shields on the microscopes.

4)  Our optical shop is able to serve you but please do not touch any frames, and wait for the optician to help you. Frames will be disinfected in between patients.

When to reschedule:

The simplest version: If you or anyone in your household has symptoms, tested positive or has had an exposure, (whether vaccinated or not), just reschedule for a few weeks later unless it is an urgent eye issue.

If you want to know the more precise policy, read on. We are simply adhering to the CDC’s most recent guidelines as of 12/27/21. You can read the statement in its entirety HERE, but we will summarize as it relates to our office: 

If the patient, guardian, or anyone else coming to the visit has TESTED POSITIVE:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have a fever, stay home beyond 5 days, until your fever resolves.
  • If you have no symptoms after 5 days, you may come to our office as long as everyone in your party can properly wear a medical-grade mask the ENTIRE time here.  
  • [Vaccination status does not change these guidelines]

If the patient, guardian, or anyone else coming to the visit has had a possible EXPOSURE:

      If FULLY vaccinated*:

  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
  • If no symptoms (and FULLY vaccinated and JUST a possible exposure), you may come to our office as long as everyone in your party can properly wear a medical-grade mask the ENTIRE time here.  
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

      If NOT fully vaccinated**:

  • ​​Stay home for 5 days. 
  • After the 5 days, if no symptoms (and JUST a possible exposure), you may come to our office as long as everyone in your party can properly wear a medical-grade mask the ENTIRE time here.  
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. 
  • Test on day 5 if possible.

                      *FULLY vaccinated                        = any of these: 

  1. Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
  2. Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
  3. Have been boosted

               **INCOMPLETELY vaccinated               = any of these: 

  1. Unvaccinated
  2. Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
  3. Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
  4. [Having had COVID in the past does not count as being vaccinated]

Symptoms include:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Loss of Taste/Smell
  • Runny nose
  • Malaise
  • Headaches

If you are in one of the quarantine time periods as outlined above, we will reschedule you as soon as possible. If you have an urgent eye issue, don’t worry. Please just ask to speak with one of our doctors and we will figure out the best way to assist you.

GETTING IN TOUCH WITH US

Our schedulers are working hard to get people in, but please be patient. We have many visits that had to be put off earlier on during the pandemic, and given the social distancing and other requirements, we can not see the same number of patients each day. Please call (410) 433-8488 and press 3 for scheduling. If you reach a recording, please leave a message and our staff will call you back within 1-2 business days. 

If you do not need an exam but have questions about replacing glasses, press 7, and if you need help ordering contact lenses, press 6.  If you have a true eye emergency, meaning sudden vision loss, significant eye pain, or an injury please press 1 to have the on-call ophthalmologist paged.