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Ophthalmologist Group with over 130 years of combined experience
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IMPORTANT COVID-19 MESSAGE TO OUR PATIENTS:
WE ARE SLOWLY RAMPING UP OUR LIVE OFFICE VISITS
Dear Suburban Associates in Ophthalmology Patient,
We are several months into the Corona Virus pandemic. We at Suburban Associates in Ophthalmology appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times as we navigate how to provide the highest quality, patient-centered care while keeping everyone safe.
In order to provide Ophthalmology services to our community, we will now slowly be ramping up live office visits starting the week of May 4th. Our office will be opening Monday through Friday 8am-5pm and Saturdays 8am-12pm, although actual office visits may vary in times, days and locations. For specific office hours or location inquiries, please call our office directly at 847-253-4040.
We will be opening the offices with the following strict social distancing and safety guidelines in place:
-All patients will be screened for the following symptoms. Please be forthright with our office should you have either of the following:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Muscle pain
- Sore Throat
- Repeated shaking with chills
- New loss of taste
-All patients coming in will have their temperatures checked and be required to wear a mask. Unfortunately, we don't have the mask supplies for patients who do not have one. If you do not have a mask, we will not be able to see you. A scarf or bandana across the nose and mouth will suffice.
-All of our staff will be wearing protective masks. Physicians will be wearing masks and gloves during the entire office encounter.
-We will have aerosol shields at the check-in and check-out desks. Markers will designate where it is appropriate to respect 6 foot social distancing.
-We will do our best to facilitate getting patients directly into exam rooms after checking in to minimize exposure in the waiting room. If there is a delay, we may ask you to kindly wait in your car until we call you to come back for room placement.
-Please come to your visit alone or bring only those essential to your visit with you (i.e. translators, caregivers, guardians, etc.). All others should wait for you outside of the office or in the car.
-Common areas and exam rooms will be completely wiped down between patients.
-We ask that patients complete their check-in forms online before showing up in the office. You may find these forms under the patient resources tab.
-The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has deemed it safe for outpatient surgery starting May 11 and we will begin scheduling surgery accordingly. If you had a surgery cancelled, you will be receiving a call from one of our surgery schedulers to try to reschedule this.
If you would like to schedule an office visit, please call our office at 847-253-4040. If, based on our screening, you are judged to not be a good candidate for a live office visit, or you simply want to wait a little longer before venturing out of your home, we will continue to offer virtual telehealth visits with either a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
For more information on scheduling a virtual appointment, please click here.
Once again, we at Suburban Associates in Ophthalmology are appreciative of your understanding as we navigate through this new normal. We will do everything in our power to provide exemplary Ophthalmology services while keeping everyone safe.
This is a time for true concern and heightened awareness of our medical needs. It is not a time to panic.
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
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1555 Barrington Road,
Bldg. #3, Suite 3150
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Phone: (847) 885-4040
Fax: (847) 885-3390
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800 Biesterfield Road
Eberle Bldg, Suite 710
Elk Grove, IL 60007
Phone: (847) 290-0202
Fax: (847) 290-0204