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Eye Care Center adjusts to keep employees & patients safe

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Optometry is considered an essential business. Ginter Eyecare Center has adapted to keep employees and patients safe during the pandemic.

To adjust to the State and Federal Optimology Associations and C.D.C. guidelines, it cut back to urgent and emergency care for several weeks. 

"It was a little uneasy at first, we were trying to take our own steps, but still waiting for guidance from above if you will," Optometrist Dr. Anthony Jay Spencer said.

Now it is fully open and the number of patients is going up.

Hand washing and breath shields on the equipment isn't anything new. A COVID-19 questionnaire, masks, limited visitors and special appointment times for immunocompromised patients is new.

"We've scheduled them real early in the morning before any other patients come here so that way they're more comfortable," Dr. Spencer said.

Patients are escorted one by one by someone always in a mask.

"By a technician at the beginning to talk to them, to do all the testing, until they get to the room and then just one other person when the doctor comes in to do the exam," Dr. Spencer said.

There are some downsides to the new protocols.

"We do have a large population of senior citizens that come in here, a fair number of them hearing impaired, so with the mask that can be a challenge," Dr. Spencer said.

There are some positives. 

"The fact that you don't have families dragging the entire family with them sometimes that's actually a little quicker," Dr. Spencer said.

The professionals are available to help you see clearly and maintain your eye health.

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