At Shepherd Eye Center, we are committed to providing excellent, ongoing care for our patients while taking every possible precaution in preventing the spread of COVID-19. One of the ways we provide ongoing care is by educating our patients on the importance of early detection. Ophthalmologists have seen a recent spike in serious yet preventable eye conditions potentially due to the extended period of the COVID quarantine, and are encouraging patients everywhere not to neglect their eye health. Our team has experience in working under these conditions and has put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate your eye health during this time:
How have surgery centers adapted to the pandemic?
Our trained medical personnel are intimately familiar with surgical-level hygiene and performing procedures under sterile conditions to optimize safety. Like all surgical facilities, we operate with the protocols in place to prevent infection during surgery, as well as heightened screening and sterilizing measures upon entering any area of our facility.
Are there any risks in postponing surgery?
Cataracts will ultimately cause further vision deterioration, hindering daily activities such as driving and reading. Cataract surgery has significant benefits such as: lower mortality risk by 40 percent, hip fractures decreased by 16 percent, and a 13 percent decrease in car accidents. It is always recommended that you start the conversation with your ophthalmologist on the treatment options that are best for you.
Could I be at risk for certain eye conditions?
Certain groups of people are automatically at a higher risk for contracting eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and refractive errors. High risk groups include:
- Individuals from Asian, African, or Caribbean backgrounds
- Adults 40 or older
- High blood pressure or high blood glucose levels
- Heart disease hypertension
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
What is Shepherd Eye Center doing to safeguard the health and well-being of our patients and staff?
Our staff and doctors have all been trained on our clinical protocols to ensure patient safety is at the forefront of all we do. These protocols include:
- Following and monitoring all regulatory guidelines regarding COVID-19
- Daily temperature checks and questionnaires for every patient and staff member
- Social distancing
- Proper wearing of masks
- Amplified cleaning and disinfecting
- Providers and staff are receiving COVID vaccines
Let us help you maintain and improve your eye health! We look forward to seeing you soon and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
For questions, or to schedule your next appointment, please call our office at (702) 731-2088. We appreciate you choosing Shepherd Eye Center for your eye health.