COVID-19: What does it mean for optometry & beyond?

INFORMATION UPDATED 9:00 a.m. 5/11/2020

We are entering uncertain times as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. With information from public health officials changing rapidly as more becomes know about the virus, we know that there are a lot of questions that you have about how this affects your patients, your staffs, your practices, your communities and your families. This is uncharted territory for everyone, but the KOA will do what it can to get answers to your questions and support you in your decision making about how best to deliver necessary eye care to your patients in as safe a manner as possible. The AOACDC and local health departments are a wealth of critical, current and reliable information.

On March 17, 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control offered COVID-19 guidance that all healthcare facilities and clinicians should prioritize urgent and emergency visits. Specifically, the CDC noted "the following actions can preserve staff, personal protective equipment (PPE), and patient care supplies; ensure staff and patient safety; and expand hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. With recent changes to the CDC Guidelines and subsequent guidance by the Kansas State Board of Examiners in Optometry that move practices toward gradual return to providing more non-urgent care in addition to urgent/emergency care, the KOA has compiles some additional resources for members. These include COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines for Optometrists (updated 4.28.2020) to consider following as they re-open for non-urgent care. We are also continuing to compile a list of resources for practice in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) here.

Suggested Protocol for Emergency Appointments

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: COVID-19 Updates

News from the AOA regarding COVID-19

Check out the latest from KSBEO regarding COVID-19