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the eye institute of west florida

COVID-19 Visit Instructions

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Visit Instructions

The Eye Institute of West Florida is taking every precaution to safeguard our patients and staff. Based on CDC recommendations, we require patients coming in to our offices to comply with our coronavirus visit instructions.

Patient requirements for upcoming appointments

  • You must bring a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times. This can be a bandana, scarf, or some type of medical mask.
  • Upon walking into our facility, you will be asked screener questions. If you answer yes to any of the following, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment in 10 days:
    • Have tested positive or come into contact with COVID-19
      • You must be symptom free for at least 10 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test result
    • Traveled by car, air, train or ship in the last 10 days inside or outside the USA
      • If you travel outside the state regularly for your job (i.e. flight attendants, truck drivers), you will need to provide a negative test administered within 5 days from date of appointment.
      • If returning multiple times within a short time frame (i.e. consult followed by surgery) and  have traveled in between these visits, you will need to provide another negative test administered within 5 days from the next appointment/surgery.
    • Have been in an ALF/NH/Hospital within the last 10 days
    • Are having any respiratory issues including cough, fever or flu-like symptoms
  • If you do not have a fever, you will be asked to wait in your car until you receive a phone call from us to come in.
  • Guests will not be allowed in our facility unless needed for translating or assisting you with movement.
  • If you fall under a classification below, you will be directed to a nearby hospital for care:
    • Ocular Emergency: If you have an ocular emergency and travelled outside of Florida in last 10 days, you will need to provide a negative COVID test result administered upon return to Florida in order to be seen at our facility. If you cannot provide a negative test result OR wait 10 days after discharge from hospital, then you will be directed to a nearby hospital for care.
    • Hospital – Inpatient or Outpatient (including the ER): If you have been admitted to the hospital within 10 day of your appointment, you will need to provide a negative COVID test taken within 5 days of being seen. If you cannot provide a negative test result OR cannot wait 10 days after discharge from hospital, then you will be directed to a nearby hospital for care.
    • Hospital – On Call: If you have not travelled and are symptom-free, you can be scheduled as normal at the discretion of our on-call physician. If you have travelled or are experiencing symptoms, you will be directed to a nearby hospital for care.
    • ALF/NH Resident (independent living or normal resident): You will need to provide a negative COVID test result administered within 5 days of you appointment in order to be seen at our facility. If you cannot provide a negative test result, you will be directed to a nearby hospital for care. If surgery is scheduled in more than 10 days from the date of counsel/testing, a second COVID test may be required.

Vaccinated Patients

If you have received your second vaccine (booster) of Moderna or Pfizer 10 days ago or longer from appointment date, you do not have to provide a negative COVID test. This covers anyone who has been in an ALF facility, nursing home, hospital or has traveled recently.

Our efforts to protect patients at our offices

We are in this together. Our staff and administration are taking extra precautions throughout our offices to ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Staff are wearing protective gear including face mask, safety glasses, gloves, scrubs and drapes that are either sanitized or discarded each day.
  • Staff are wiping down the exam room including chairs, desk, computer, slit lamp, door handles and light switches after every patient.
  • Staff are wiping down testing equipment before and after every test is administered.
  • Lobby chairs have been arranged for social distancing 6 feet apart.
  • Staff are escorting patients into exam rooms 10 feet apart.

Please understand that we are taking these precautions to ensure the safety and protection of our patients and staff. If you are having any issues complying with our instructions, call us at (727) 581-8706 to make other arrangements.

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