The well-being and safety of our patients, providers, and staff is our top priority and will always be at the heart of every decision we make. We want to assure you we are doing everything we can to protect our patients, their visitors, and staff.
We are dedicated to actively keeping our patients and staff updated on preventative practices and preparedness plans recommended through the CDC, WHO, NYC Department of Health, and American Academy of Ophthalmology.
We will continue to see patients on an emergent basis, as well as new patients, those with new symptoms, post-operative patients and those requiring treatment.
For upcoming appointments and surgeries, please contact the office about any cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sneezing or respiratory distress. Please let us know if you have traveled recently or been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19. We will reschedule and accommodate your specific needs. If you have questions deciding whether to keep your appointment, please call our office 212-604-9800
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the cold or flu, and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Be vigilant as severe cases may lead to pneumonia, kidney failure or death. Those at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 include older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Mild symptoms may include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose & Sneezing
- Muscle Aches & Pain
- Chills & Fatigue
- Impaired Liver & Kidney Function
We encourage you and your guests to stay calm and take these precautions:
Wash Hands Frequently
Scrub hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand rub upon arriving and leaving for your appointment.
Practice Respiratory Hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Do not use your hands.
Maintain Social Distancing
Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and other people when at all possible. Do not shake hands, instead wave or elbow bump.
Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose & Mouth
Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
Seek Medical Care Early
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and tell your healthcare provider if you have traveled to an area where the virus has been severely impacted, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has. Carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered. Do not bring any guests that are feeling sick.
Face masks are recommended only if directed by a health care provider. If you are coughing or ill you will be asked to wear a mask.
Please notify staff if you have respiratory illness or are immune compromised so that we expedite your visit.
If you have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days please reschedule your appointment.
Please be assured of the steps we are taking to maintain your safety:
- All patients (and staff) will be asked to do a symptom check upon entry.
- All surfaces in each exam and testing area are wiped between each patient using cleaners and methods shown to be effective for viruses.
- We are actively cleaning and disinfecting high traffic areas including door handles, phones and other frequently touched surfaces.
- We are providing hand sanitizer throughout the office.
- On an emergent basis, we are providing gloves and protective equipment for use by ill patients, their caretakers and employees who are in contact with ill patients.
- General updates and guidance is being provided to staff as it evolves.
For the most up-to-date information on possible vaccines, treatments, FAQs, news and more, please visit the following official health organizations:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
NYC Department of Health