Today marks one year since we reopened our doors after the mandatory shut down from March 2020 to June 1st 2020. It definitely has been a different year for sure. The CDC is reevaluating the wearing of masks for individuals that have been vaccinated. Here at Apple Valley Eye Center we have been watching these developments and weighing the wearing of masks in the office. Currently, we are still requiring staff and the Doctors to wear a mask when working with patients. Part of the reasoning is that while the doctors have been vaccinated not all of our staff and patients have had this opportunity. We would rather wear masks to make those that still need to wear a mask more comfortable in our office. Hopefully, in the near future we will return to a mostly mask free experience. Although I may not recognize you when you come in when I can see more of your face than just the eyes!
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)