As the pandemic becomes endemic, or the new normal, Georgia’s doctors of optometry are urging people to recommit to their eye health and vision care by having an in-person comprehensive eye exam this spring. March is celebrated as Save Your Vision Month and it’s a great time to schedule this essential self-care appointment.
Georgia’s doctors of optometry continue to adhere to federal, state and local health directives regarding infection prevention measures and follow appropriate safety procedures at each office. The more than 700 members of the Georgia Optometric Association are committed to providing uninterrupted, safe delivery of essential eye care to new and existing patients throughout the state.
“One of the more concerning consequences of the ongoing pandemic is that it has caused many people to procrastinate and put off essential self-care until ‘someday’,” said Dr. Darrell Sorah, president of the Georgia Optometric Association. “Unfortunately, a lot can happen while we wait for that someday. Now is the time to seize the moment and focus once again on your eye health and vision care.”
According to the state’s doctors of optometry, a remote or virtual screening should not replace regular, in-person comprehensive eye examinations.
“Our everyday use of technology has certainly increased due changes in work and school environments during the pandemic. This increased screen time for school, entertainment and work can really create visual stress,” stated Dr. Sorah. “Additionally, Ocular disease doesn’t know or care that a global pandemic has changed our lives over the last two years. Over time, subtle changes can occur that you may not notice so it’s important to get your eyes checked by a doctor of optometry on a regular basis.”
Through an eye exam, doctors of optometry can identify early warning signs and manifestations of more than 270 systemic and chronic diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and cancers.
To increase your comfort level with an office, visit the GOA offers the following recommendations:
- When scheduling your appointment, ask your doctor about safety protocols they have in place to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the office.
- Notify your doctor if you or anyone in your household display any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms such as loss of the sense of smell or taste, have fever or cough, consult with your primary care provider first unless you are experiencing an ocular-related emergency warning signs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands while in the office.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; bring hand sanitizer with you in case you are unable to wash your hands as necessary.
To find a doctor of optometry near you visit the Georgia Optometric Association at www.GOAeyes.com.
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