We have resumed seeing regular examinations, non-essential and elective procedures with your safety in mind. New precautions and procedures are being implemented to reduce community transmission of COVID-19.
Effective July 14, 2020 our practice has issued a No Visitor policy due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our area
Under normal circumstances, Piedmont Eye Center welcomes all visitors into our medical facility. But the COVID-19 pandemic is a difficult time for all of us. Times have changed quickly and dramatically due to the virus. As a patient-centered healthcare facility, we must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this disease and protect our patients, staff, physicians and visitors.
In order to do this, our visitor policy has been revised and puts strong limits on visitors entering our facility during this pandemic. No visitors will be permitted to accompany patients, except for in certain situations.
If you have a qualifying exception and require assistance, you and your guest will be asked to wait in your vehicle until a staff member is ready to begin your exam.
Telehealth is still available when needed. The safety and health of our patients and staff remain our top priority. With that in mind, we offer Telehealth to provide a virtual visit for our patients with eye care needs who may not need to come into the office. The virtual appointment is a great option that can address many eye care issues, such as red eye, conjunctivitis, allergies, dry eye flare-ups and many more. The goal of this approach is to provide necessary care to patients while reducing the need for urgent visits to the office or the ER.
How does the virtual visit work?
- To schedule, please call us at 434.947.3984.
- Let us know if you have an apple or an android and that your smartphone has a working camera and microphone.
- The physician will take a history, perform a virtual exam, offer a diagnosis and create a treatment plan.
It’s that simple.
Per CDC recommendations for medical facilities, we require patients to wear mask for all in-person visits.
For the overall health and well-being of our staff and patients, we require that you come to the office wearing a mask and keep it in place your entire visit.
If you need instructions on how to make your own mask, you can find guidelines from the CDC. There are options available that include sew and no sew methods, and most masks can be made with common household items. Thank you for your understanding.
In addition, we ask if you feel ill, especially if you display known symptoms of COVID-19, that you please stay home.
We understand that it may be difficult to know when to stay home. When in doubt, we encourage you to stay home for the safety of our staff and the members of our community. Please know that the health of your eyes is our top priority. If you are experiencing urgent eye-related issues and COVID-19 symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a virtual visit instead. Our doctors and staff members may be able to assess your condition and provide a solution, without requiring an in-office visit.
Centra has provided some valuable resources to help identify COVID-19 symptoms. Please view the graphic below if you are uncertain of whether or not it’s safer for you to stay at home and opt for a Telehealth visit.
Download the “Coronavirus and Your Eyes” to help understand the disease and our practice response. Available in English and Spanish.
We’re here to support you.
Our team has collected a variety of resources we’d like to share with you to make your time at home a little easier. We’ve gathered our staff’s favorite recipes, created custom coloring sheets, and even written a blog with ideas to keep the kids busy.
Check them out here: