COVID-19 Health Update
Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are following the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Utah Medical Association, The Utah Hospital Association and CDC Guidelines to protect our patients and staff. The Eye Institute will re-open for elective patient care and surgery starting May 4th. We are taking many precautions to ensure safety for both patients and our staff. For those who have an appointment, please let us know in advance if you answer YES to ANY of the following questions:
- Have you and/or your responsible adult traveled, outside of Utah, within the US or internationally, in the last 14 days?
- Have you and/or your responsible adult been in close contact with a person known to have tested positive for COVID-19?
- Do you and/or your responsible adult currently have a fever greater than 100 or respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath)?
Here are some of the things we are doing to ensure your safety when you visit The Eye Institute of Utah and The Surgicare Center of Utah:
- Everyone must wear a mask. If you refuse to wear a mask, we cannot honor your appointment. Make sure your nose to chin are completely covered. If you would like more information about proper use of masks, click here.
- We are taking temperatures & screening all patients and staff when they enter the building. You will be asked about symptoms and your health history. If you are scheduled to have surgery, a nurse will call you several days before your procedure to conduct a virtual health assessment before confirming surgery.
If you are sick, we are going to insist that you go home. We are asking this both of our own employees and our patients.
- Everyone is practicing frequent and thorough 20-second hand washing & proper use of gloves when necessary.
- Protective barriers in the exam rooms are installed to help prevent the spread of germs during your exam.
- Hand sanitizers are located in multiple locations for your convenience.
- We are continuing physical distancing of at least 6 ft for all staff and patients. Our waiting areas are adjusted to make this easier for you. Family members may be asked to wait outside or in the car.
- We have adjusted our appointment schedule to help with social distancing and to help minimize the time you are in the office.
- In between every patient visit the exam rooms are thoroughly sanitized. In addition, all touched surfaces are sanitized throughout the day.
- NOW AVAILABLE TELEHEALTH OPTIONS: If you have concerns about coming into the office, call and schedule a telehealth visit for anything that can be reviewed over the phone. Your insurance can be billed for these visits.
Please note that at this time we are only providing surgery to low-risk surgical patients whose condition may be preventing them from performing necessary activities (such as driving or working). Patients must fall under ASA category II or better. Specific exclusion criteria will include, but are not limited to:
- immunocompromised, including anyone actively being treated for cancer
- any history of significant lung disease
- home oxygen is required at baseline
- poorly controlled diabetes (i.e. dialysis)
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to call us at (801)266-2283.
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