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San Luis Obispo
1540 Froom Ranch Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

805-544-0450

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Independent Optometrists Inside Costco No membership needed for eye exam
 
Santa Maria
1700 South Bradley Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454
805-925-1092

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COVID-19 Office Updates

At our practice, the health and safety of our patients, staff, and doctors remains our top priority.  We know some questions may exist as to what we are doing to manage the novel coronavirus. It is extremely important for you to feel confident and safe at our practice and at the same time have your eyecare needs met at the highest standards. With this in mind, we are taking extra precautions as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Optometric Association (AOA), and California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

All of our doctors take your safety seriously. Accordingly, we are rolling out new protocols to ensure that your safety & health are our first priority.

What we are asking of patients:

  • When entering Costco, please go to the front of the line and let the staff know that you have an appointment. They will direct you to our office.  Also, do not wait in the line at the optical. Please come directly inside our office.
  • If there are more than 3 patients inside the office, please wait outside the office and maintain social distancing of 6 feet.
  • DO NOT come in if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other flu-like symptoms. Please call the office and reschedule your appointment.
  • All patients are required to wear a face mask.
  • Overflow patients are asked to wait outside of our office.
  • Please print out and bring with you your medication list and previous glasses and or contact lens prescriptions.
  • When possible, please fill out the "PATIENT HISTORY FORM" and "AUTHORIZATION FORM" (listed above on the right) before you come to our office.
  • Please show up on time to your appointment.  This will help us optimize social distancing.
  • Please come to your appointment by yourself.  If you need to bring someone (such as a parent/guardian or caregiver) please limit that individual to one person.
  • Please follow the directions of our staff and doctors so that we may best take care of our beloved central coast community!

Other Considerations:

  • All staff and doctors will also be wearing masks and/or face shields (where appropriate).
  • No handshake zone ---  In the past, our doctors or staff members may have greeted you with a traditional handshake. At this time, it is recommended that handshaking be avoided as it is an easy way to transmit germs.
  • We have limited the number of patients in our waiting areas.
  • Common/high touch areas/surfaces are cleaned & sanitized with bleach or alcohol-based solutions throughout the day.
  • All equipment used is cleaned before each patient.
  • Staff and doctors will be provided with all needed PPE.
  • Upon arrival we will also conduct a required infectious disease questionnaire and temperature check.
  • We also have added protective shields to various testing equipment.

And finally...Our Technology!

Our practice has spent significant efforts toward utilizing technology to allow for eye exams that are thourough and comprehensive and also allow the doctor or staff to minimize physical contact with your eyes over 95% of the time.

1)  Optomap imaging system:  Our ultra widefield imaging system allows a 200 degree view of the retina (about 80%) in less than a second.  The Optomap Retinal Imaging system is outstanding for assessing retinal issues.  YOUR FACE OR EYES ARE NOT TOUCHED, NO DILATION IS NEEDED AND NO DROPS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS TEST. This technology has dramatically changed the comfort and safety of eyecare and also helps with social distancing.

2)  Computerized Refraction System: The doctor will check your prescription but does so by looking at a computer screen in front of him/her and is not facing the patient.   This system ensures that the doctor and patient will not be facing each other but rather will be angled about 90 degrees away from each other.  Our refraction system is just as accurate as previous older technology but is also a safe way to get a great prescription for glasses!

3)  Slit lamp camera system:  Our offices have installed an eye imaging system that allows the doctor to evaluate many aspects of the eye in conjunction with a highly precise microscope.  Traditionally, the doctor has to look through the oculars which require the doctor to get close to the patient.  In over 90% of exams, the doctor can now look through a mounted camera or television screen that allows the doctor to conduct the eye exam from a further distance and still be wearing a face shield (if needed) at the same time!

We believe we have one of the most technologically advanced practices that is perfectly positioned to deliver comprehensive eye care to our Central Coast community in the post COVID- 19 world.   We are taking the safety and well being of our patients, staff and doctors seriously and providing our patients a thorough and comprehensive eye exam. Please stay safe and healthy!  We look forward to seeing you soon!!

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Learn about our Practice specialties including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and the treatment of eye diseases. Our website also offers you a convenient way to find our hours, address and map, schedule an appointment online, order contact lenses or contact us to ask us any questions you have about eye care and our Practice.

Have a look around our online office and schedule a visit to meet us in person. We are here to partner with you and your family for a lifetime of healthy eyes and vision. We look forward to seeing you!

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