CORONAVIRUS CLOSURE UPDATE
The first month and a half that we have been back open seeing patients at a reduced level has gone well. Because of the reduced capacity we are booking farther out than normal for eye exams. We are looking at scheduling patients out about 2 plus weeks for an eye exam. This means if you need to get in for an exam take this into account and schedule earlier than normal to reserve your spot on the schedule. As always if you are having an ocular emergency we will work to get you in to see us right away. We appreciate the opportunity to serve our patients during this pandemic with the proper precautions in place.
Thanks Dr.'s Larsen, Ward and LaBissoniere.
Governor Inslee has put in place for healthcare new opening guidelines with 3 stages. The first stage is the Crisis stage the second is the Contingency stage and the last is the Convenience stage. The stage a healthcare facility is on is determined by the Health care coalition in each county. Yakima county has us at the contingency stage.
This means we can be open to see more than just emergency/urgent care patients, but not yet for unrestricted routine eye care, if we follow certain guidelines and with precautions in place.
We have interpreted this direction, for our practice, as beginning June 1st to seeing patients for eye exams or other follow up appointments that a patient feels is necessary enough to not be postponed. Basically if you feel it is necessary that you are seen sooner rather than later we would like to schedule you an appointment.
We ask those that need routine eye exams and can wait until we are in the Convenience stage or that feel they are in an at risk category to postpone their visits.
So what precautions are we going to put in place to begin seeing patients? First, we are going to reduce our capacity for appointments to allow more time in between patients, to do more disinfecting/cleaning between patients and to help with social distancing.
Second, we are requiring all staff members and patients that want to enter the building to be properly wearing a mask for the duration of their visit. We will still be doing Curbside Pickup of glasses, if you would prefer that option. This will help reduce and hopefully eliminate the spread of COVID through aerosol droplets.
Third, we will be screening staff and patients for symptoms of COVID or exposure to COVID through a questionnaire and measuring temperatures.
Fourth, all exam rooms, the reception area, counters, chairs, doors and glasses that have been tried on will be disinfected at regular intervals.
If you need emergency or urgent eye care please reach out to Dr. Larsen on his Cell phone at 509-490-1960.
If you have a question or a concern please leave a message on our office answering machine and we will return your call as soon as possible. When leaving a message it is very helpful to have the birthday of the person you are calling about. Some times it is difficult to get the name and the spelling right and by using the birth date we can find you right away :) Thanks again and stay safe and healthy out in our community.
Dr.'s Larsen, LaBissoniere and Ward.
(509)966-8801 Office Number
(509)490-1960 Emergency Number
(Note: New emergency Cell Number)
Corona Virus Precautions at AVEC
Many people are worried about their exposure to the new virus COVID-19 or more commonly known as the Corona Virus. Here at AVEC we take your health seriously. I wanted to inform you of the processes we currently use at AVEC to avoid infections. We routinely deal with eye infections which are contagious by contact as well. Our current sanitation process involves wiping down all instruments and other things patients and staff touches and handle with alcohol and Clorox wipes in between every patient. We also wipe down the front counters and door handles with Clorox wipes several times throughout the day. I also use hand sanitizer in between every patient or wash my hands to prevent infection one patient to another. We also have hand sanitizer for patients to use at our front desk and in the back by the exam rooms at the technician station. We are requiring masks for all staff members and patients that enter the building. Due to the shortage of mask availability we don not currently have any masks for patient use. You will have to bring one of your own to be seen as a patient. Our current policy involves asking patients that if they are sick or not feeling well to reschedule their appointments. This is especially important with this viral outbreak. We thank you for being patients here at AVEC and want you to know we value your health and safety.
Thanks, Jason Larsen, OD
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Dr.'s Larsen and LaBissoniere are pleased to announce the long awaited joining of Dr. Mark Ward to the Apple Valley Eye Center team.
Dr. Ward has been a valuable eye care provider in the Yakima Valley for over 15 years. He brings with him his expertise and excellent "chair side" manner. If you have previously seen Dr. Ward you know what I mean, if you haven't we welcome you to call and make an appointment today!
Please take the time to read his Bio and information on the Doctors tab of our website.
Apple Valley Eye Center has been a part of the Yakima community for over 40 years. Dr. LaBissoniere started the practice here on 40th Ave in 1976. Dr. Larsen joined the practice in 2017 and purchased the practice from Dr. LaBissoniere in 2018. Dr. LaBissoniere continues to see patients after the change in ownership and doesn't have any plans to retire in the near future. Dr. Mark Ward will be joining the team at Apple Valley Eye Center as a partner to Dr. Larsen in April 2020. He will add his expertise and 14 years of experience in Yakima to the clinic. Together the Doctors have over 79 years of experience fitting glasses, contact lenses and the treatment of ocular diseases.
Emergency Eye Care
Adult and Pediatric Eye Exams
Comprehensive Medical Eye Exams
Flashes of light or floaters in vision
Fashion Eyewear and Contact Lenses
Specialty Contact lenses both RGP (hard) and Soft
CoManagement of Cataract Surgery
CoManagement of LASIK/PRK Surgeries
Glaucoma Treatment and Management
Diabetic Eye Exams
Plaquenil Retinal Evaluations