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Why You Shouldn’t Visit the ER for Eye Emergencies During COVID-19

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On April 22, the American Optometric Association (AOA) urged patients with emergency eye care needs to get in touch with their local optometrist prior to seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Doing so not only eases the burden on emergency departments but also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

What Is Considered an Eye Emergency?

Most eye-related conditions can be treated in an outpatient optometry office or clinic. Emergency eye care includes, but is not limited to, urgent clinical advice or intervention for eye injuries and conditions that entail a foreign object in the eye, chemical burns, a sudden change in vision, flashes and floaters (which might suggest a retinal detachment), contact lens discomfort, red eyes and any other problems or symptoms that may impact or interfere with daily activities. 

Prioritizing Your Eye Care Needs During COVID-19

During the coronavirus outbreak, we have been going above and beyond to ensure that people are receiving the emergency eye care they need. 

 

Patients should first contact TSO Cedar Park for guidance and potential treatment prior to heading to an overwhelmed hospital emergency room. Dr. Jeffrey Yonker can assess the level of care the patient needs—whether it's telehealth or urgent care that requires a visit to the eye clinic or, in severe cases, even the emergency room. 

 

This will ensure that patients get prompt treatment while allowing hospitals to conserve their resources for the current pandemic. In fact, research has shown that treating eye emergencies at eye doctors' offices can potentially divert 1.4 million patients away from emergency rooms per year.

 

While we have closed our store for routine appointments, TSO Cedar Park at Cedar Park continues to provide emergency care for those who need it. We'd like to reassure our patients that we are here to help with anyone’s emergency eye care requirements – for both for new and existing patients.

 

 

References:

 

https://www.visionmonday.com/eyecare/coronavirus-briefing/crisis-response-tactics/article/aoa-cautions-patients-against-avoidable-er-visits-for-primary-eyecare-services-during-covid19-pandemic/

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Dr. Yonker provided detailed information in respects to my daughter's eye exam. He covered everything well before I even asked him any questions. Awesome customer service! I loved them and will definitely be going back. Thank you.
12 hours ago
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I love TSO, I have gone to multiple optometrist to get my contacts prescription. After multiple failed attempts I was giving up on wearing contacts but I decided to try one more time and I arrived to TSO where the doctor took his time and did his best to have my prescription right. He was making sure that I can see and was able to determine why the other doctors where wrong. I'm so happy I can wear contacts and they are so comfortable.
3 days ago
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Dr. Yonker did an excellent job of explaining what we were doing and why. Some of the equipment looks other-worldly. He was also well versed on what my insurance would pay for and what it wold not.
1 week ago
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In and out quickly. Tried a competitor but came back to TSO. Dr. Yonker is very good in diagnosing the correct prescription. Friendly staff. Highly recommend them.
3 weeks ago
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Great office, Dr. Yonker and the manager Dennis were both very nice. Very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable
3 weeks ago
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Dr. Yonker is thorough and his staff is friendly and in top of everything. Very safe, keeping with CDC guidelines.
1 month ago
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Super helpful and friendly staff. Doctor was informative and thorough. I will be back!
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