April 29, 2020:
Our offices are planning to reopen on Monday, May 4th. For the safety of our patients and employees, we ask for additional protective measures. Please click here to download.
PATIENT PROTECTIVE MEASURES:
- No employee with a fever or cough will provide services to patients
- The number of patients in the building will be limited.
- No persons will be allowed to sit in a waiting area.
- Optical stations must be at least six (6) feet apart.
- Employees will wear protective facemasks.
- All equipment will be sanitized between patients.
- The office will not provide books, magazines, or any reading material, for patients.
- Office space and CDC-based surface disinfection (check-in desk, restrooms) will be cleaned and disinfected according to guidelines.
- The practice will only use one public entrance and the door will be cleaned using disinfectant every hour.
- Customers are encouraged to use credit/debit cards for payment.
EMPLOYEE PROTECTIVE MEASURES:
- Services will be provided by appointment only, no walk-in patients
- Signs will be posted on the front door/window stating that any patient who has a fever or cough must reschedule appointment
- Ask each person before initiating service:
- At office entry: Patient/companion’s normal temperature verified
- Have you had any cold/flu symptoms recently?
- Have you come in contact with another person who has been diagnosed with COVID 19?
- Limit the number of people in the office to one person per exam room, one person per optician. A patient may bring one companion into the office (e.g. a minor, or an assistant if the patient has special needs).
- No additional persons will be allowed to wait in the building.
- All employees will maintain social distancing measures while in the office.
- Optical stations will be separated by at least six (6) feet.
- All employees interacting with the public will wear a facemask.
- Facemasks will be required. One facemask can be used per day. Gloves, if used, will be disposed of, and changed after each patient.
- All equipment, chin rests and chairs will be sanitized after providing services to each patient.
- Each employee will be tasked with cleaning the area they use.
- Employees will sanitize their work area before the start of business and after the close of business each day.
- CDC hand washing, office disinfection, and other infection control guidelines, including appropriate wearing of disposable gloves will be observed.
- Employer will meet with all employees and communicate measures verbally and in writing.
- All employees will be required to sign a statement acknowledging they understand and will adhere to the guidelines.
April 15, 2020:
Our offices will remain closed through Sunday, May 3rd and tentatively reopen at 8:00am on Monday, May 4th. We will continue to answer phones to assist any eye emergencies between the hours of 8:00am to 3:00pm. (205) 949-2020.
March 20, 2020:
Our offices will remain closed through Sunday, April 19th and tentatively reopen at 8:00am on Monday, April 20th. We will continue to answer phones to assist any eye emergencies between the hours of 8:00am to 3:00pm. (205) 949-2020.
March 19, 2020:
A Statewide public health order has been issued by Governor Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health. In accordance with this order and the guidance from CMS, our office will be closed to patients (unless emergent or urgent) Friday, March 20th until Sunday, April 5th. We will tentatively reopen at 8:00am on Monday, April 6th. We will continue to answer phones to assist any eye emergencies between the hours of 8:00am to 3:00pm. (205) 949-2020
At VisionFirst Eye Center, the health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. As concerns around the globe regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are rising, we would like to take a moment to let you know that our team is working diligently to keep you safe. We appreciate the chance to update you on what we are doing to protect you and your family.
Our office already follows the OSHA infection control protocols that keep our office safe for all patients, and we are continuing to follow these best practices. We are following all recommendations issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and have taken additional precautions, including:
- Performing temperature checks on all patients and staff that enter our facility
- Many of our staff will be wearing a mask and/or gloves and we will have mask available for our patients (if you have your own, we encourage that you bring your own due to the shortage of supplies)
- Removing magazines and books to minimize transmission through touch
- Routinely and thoroughly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
As a patient, there are a few things you can do to help us protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, employees, and communities. Frequent hand washing with warm soapy water, keeping your hands away from your face, and avoiding contact with people who are sick. If you have a fever or are experiencing symptoms of an acute respiratory illness, please call our office to reschedule your appointment.