Visiting Us During COVID-19

As per the College of Optometrists of Ontario and Ministry of Health, optometrists can now see patients in person for both routine and urgent care. Things have changed, however, and you will notice that many new protocols have been enforced to ensure that we can provide the safest care possible.

What Has Changed?

  • We kindly ask that you schedule your appointment ahead of time,  rather than come for walk-in care. Please arrive on time, not early or late. This helps to minimize the number of people in the clinic at any one time.
  • You will be asked if you are/have been ill or have COVID-19 symptoms when booking your appointment and upon arriving for your visit.
  • If you have travelled outside of the province of Ontario within the past 14 days, we will happily schedule an appointment after the 14 days have passed.
  • A face mask is required upon entry and must be worn for the entirety of the examination. If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, please inform Joanne when booking and the appropriate arrangements will be made.
  • A hand sanitizing station will be available at the clinic entrance. You will be required to sanitize your hands when you enter.
  • Staff that you interact with will be wearing personal protective equipment (masks, gloves and/or goggles) that covers their mouth, nose, and eyes.

5 COVID Facts For Contact & Glasses Wearers

Our friends at CORE (Centre for Ocular Research and Education) have published a special edition of their online magazine, Contact Lens Update, to provide eye care professionals evidence-based information on contact lenses and COVID-19. The results of a scientific review by several prominent ocular health researchers provided clear advice for patients:

1. You Can Keep Wearing Contact Lenses.
There is currently no scientific evidence that contact lens wearers have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 compared with glasses wearers. Consult your eye care practitioner with questions.

2. Good Hygiene Habits are Critical.
Thorough handwashing and drying are essential, as well as properly wearing and caring for contact lenses, ensuring good contact lens case hygiene, and regularly cleaning glasses with soap and water. These habits can help you stay healthy and out of your doctor’s office or hospital.

3. Regular Eyeglasses / Spectacles Do Not Provide Protection.
No strong scientific evidence supports rumors that everyday glasses offer protection against COVID-19. Notably, a recent report out of China claiming an association between wearing glasses and reduced susceptibility was a case-control study involving a very small sample size and control group from a completely different area of the country during the 1980’s.

4. Keep Unwashed Hands Away from Your Face.
Whether you wear contact lenses, glasses or require no vision correction at all, avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes with unwashed hands, consistent with World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

5. If you are ill, temporarily stop wearing your contacts and use your glasses instead.
Once you return to full health and have spoken with your eye doctor, you can start again. Make sure to use new contact lenses and a new lens case.