CORONAVIRUS CLOSURE UPDATE
Yakima's COVID numbers are way down, but we are still under restrictions from the Governor. These include mandatory masking indoors and continued social distancing where possible. Dr. LaBissoniere is back in the office seeing patients. The biggest struggle we have currently is the fogging of equipment and glasses during an exam! We are getting better at altered procedures to help minimize this inconvenience. A continued Thank You to all of our patients that have come in for visits during this difficult time. We are grateful to be open for patient care, both emergent and routine.
Thanks Dr.'s Larsen, Ward and LaBissoniere.
So what precautions are in place to for 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 contact the doctor on call,
Dr. Ward or Larsen, at 509-490-1960.
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 bleach solutions in between every patient. We also wipe down the front counters and door handles with bleach solution 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 cloth masks being provided by the Yakima County health department we have some masks for patient use if you do not have one for your appointment. 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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Many people consider vision their most valued sense. Take care of it with an annual eye exam!
Has it been more than a year since your last eye exam or ocular health evaluation?
Are your glasses or contact lenses getting old or scratched?
Do you have new flashes of light or new floaters?
Do you have red or irritated eyes?
Do you have an eye infection?
If you have diabetes, have you had a dilated eye exam in the past year?
Are your contact lenses uncomfortable or dry? There are new lenses to help with this.
Call today and schedule an appointment with Dr.'s Larsen, and LaBissoniere !
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