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Ophthalmologist Group with over 130 years of combined experience
providing high quality, compassionate, patient centered care throughout the Northwest Suburbs!
Welcome, and thank you for visiting our website! If you are a current patient, thank you for allowing SAO the opportunity to fulfill your eye care needs. If you are a new visitor, we look forward to meeting you and exploring the various options available for correcting or enhancing your vision.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 MESSAGE TO OUR PATIENTS:
Dear Suburban Associate in Ophthalmology Patient,
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) our office is taking precautionary measures to protect our patients and staff from exposure to COVID-19. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, families, staff and community. In this unprecedented time, we are deeply committed to keeping everyone safe.
As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, our office is following reports of the spread of the coronavirus across the country. In light of the evolving pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close both the Elk Grove Village and Hoffman Estates office locations and reducing the Arlington Heights office operating hours. These changes will be effective Monday, March 23rd until further notice. We currently plan on our Arlington Heights office being open March 31, April 2, April 6, April 7 and April 10 with shortened hours for urgent eye care needs only. Patients are able to schedule non-urgent virtual visits.
For more information on scheduling a virtual appointment, please click here.
Our doctors on call are still available to assist those with urgent eye needs and we have clinical staff retrieving messages remotely from 8am-5pm Mon-Fri and Sat 8am-12pm. Please be mindful when calling and choose the option to be connected to our on call provider should you have an urgent eye concern only. If your need can wait, please select the non-urgent prompt to leave a message with our office and our clinical team will return your call ASAP. We appreciate your patience during this time.
Please be forthright with our staff about any recent travel, flu like symptoms, or temperature.
This is a time for true concern and heightened awareness of our medical needs. It is not a time to panic.
If your routine ophthalmology appointment needs to be rescheduled, rest assured that we have multiple appointment slots available as soon as the concern of Coronavirus spread has been reduced. We also ask that you not be upset if we need to move your appointment time or date or location as we work together to provide safe and long lasting ophthalmological care.
We are grateful for your understanding and cooperation.
The Doctors at Suburban Associates in Ophthalmology
Please take a moment to read the below COVID-19 precautions from the American Board of Ophthalmology, as well as the attached COVID-19 handout to protect your eyes, your health and the health of others:
CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR EYES HANDOUT (ENGLISH)
CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR EYES (SPANISH)
How to help yourself and others:
“It’s important to remember that although there is a lot of concern about coronavirus, common sense precautions can significantly reduce your risk of getting infected. So wash your hands a lot, follow good contact lens hygiene and avoid touching or rubbing your nose, mouth and especially your eyes,” says ophthalmologist Sonal Tuli, MD, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
1. If you wear contact lenses, switch to glasses for a while.
Contact lens wearers touch their eyes more than the average person. “Consider wearing glasses more often, especially if you tend to touch your eyes a lot when your contacts are in. Substituting glasses for lenses can decrease irritation and force you to pause before touching your eye,” Dr. Tuli advises. If you continue wearing contact lenses, follow these hygiene tips to limit your chances of infection.
2. Wearing glasses may add a layer of protection.
Corrective lenses or sunglasses can shield your eyes from infected respiratory droplets. But they don’t provide 100% security. The virus can still reach your eyes from the exposed sides, tops and bottoms of your glasses. If you’re caring for a sick patient or potentially exposed person, safety goggles may offer a stronger defense.
3. Stock up on eye medicine prescriptions if you can.
Experts advise patients to stock up on critical medications, so that you'll have enough to get by if you are quarantined or if supplies become limited during an outbreak. But this may not be possible for everyone. If your insurance allows you to get more than 1 month of essential eye medicine, such as glaucoma drops, you should do so. Some insurers will approve a 3-month supply of medication in times of natural disaster. Ask your pharmacist or ophthalmologist for help if you have trouble getting approval from your insurance company. And as always, request a refill as soon as you're due. Don't wait until the last minute to contact your pharmacy.
4. Avoid rubbing your eyes.
We all do it. While it can be hard to break this natural habit, doing so will lower your risk of infection. If you feel an urge to itch or rub your eye or even to adjust your glasses, use a tissue instead of your fingers. Dry eyes can lead to more rubbing, so consider adding moisturizing drops to your eye routine. If you must touch your eyes for any reason — even to administer eye medicine — wash your hands first with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then wash them again afterwards.
5. Practice safe hygiene and social distancing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer these general guidelines to slow the spread of disease:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- You should especially wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom, sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
- If you can’t get to a sink, use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face — particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- If you cough or sneeze, cover your face with your elbow or a tissue. If you use a tissue, throw it away promptly. Then go wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people. If you think someone has a respiratory infection, it’s safest to stay 6 feet away.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Regularly disinfect commonly touched surfaces and items in your house, such as doorknobs and counter tops.
We would love to hear from you, so please contact us via telephone with any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have, or to schedule an appointment.
The Nelson-Curnyn Free Eye Clinic
Wishing you health and happiness,
Arlington Heights Medical Center
1100 West Central Road,
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 253-4040
Fax: (224) 232-5799
St. Alexius Medical Center
1555 Barrington Road,
Bldg. #3, Suite 3150
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Phone: (847) 885-4040
Fax: (847) 885-3390
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
800 Biesterfield Road
Eberle Bldg, Suite 710
Elk Grove, IL 60007
Phone: (847) 290-0202
Fax: (847) 290-0204