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Special Guidance for Texans over the Age of 65

We strongly recommend to postpone your routine eye exam until late summer (July/August) if you are immunocompromised or 65+ years of age AND have any of the following medical conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease/Asthma/COPD
  • Autoimmune or inflammatory conditions.

Of course, if an eye exam is urgent for you, we will be more than happy to schedule you for an appointment.

As of April 26, 2020, it was reported that 76% of COVID-19 fatalities in Texas were older than 65 years of age. Furthermore, patients with co-morbidities (as listed above) are at a significantly higher risk of becoming very ill or dying from COVID-19. As a result, Governor Abbott has issued a special guidance for Texans over the age of 65 years. We encourage you to review it on page 6 of The Governor’s Report To Reopen Texas.

COVID-19 Update

We hope you and your family are in good health during this time. We are pleased to announce that we are starting back up to see patients for routine eye care May 11, 2020. Our community has been through a lot over the last several weeks. While many things have changed, the health and safety of our patients and staff have remained our top priority.

 

Health and Safety

  • A mask is required to be worn during the entire time spent in the office.
  • All patients must complete a COVID-19 health screening before entry into our office.
  • All patients must have their body temperature checked upon arrival.
  • Patients must wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds upon arrival into the office. Please have your hands free.
  • Patients who are flagged by the screening or have temperature readings of 100℉ or higher will be asked to reschedule. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Social Distancing

  • Please call 512-443-4317 to check into your appointment
  • Our optical will be open by appointment only for adjustments and frame selection.
  • We request that each patient enters alone. Guardians/caretakers are allowed entry. All other family members or friends must wait in the car.
  • Please limit your number of bags and personal items into the building.
  • We are reducing our schedule capacity in order to limit exposure and minimize risk
  • Glasses and contacts lens orders will still be available for curbside pick up.

 

Disinfection

  • We will use hospital-grade disinfectants to sanitize all surfaces throughout the day
  • All equipment, frames and supplies, frame boards, desks, keyboards, and doorknobs will be sanitized immediately between patients.
  • We ask that all patients refrain from touching the glasses on display and wait to be assisted by our optical manager.
  • All frames that are tried on in will be sanitized before being displayed again.

Eyeglasses – Plenty of Great Choices

Eyeglasses Are Back!

Picking out new eyeglasses can be a daunting task, whether you're getting your very first pair or you've worn them nearly all your life. The sheer volume of eyeglass choices can be torture to work your way through if you don't have any idea what you're looking for.

Not only are there many different shapes and colors in eyeglass frames, but advances in technology have also brought us a variety of new materials, for both the frames and the lenses, which makes eyeglasses more durable, lightweight and user-friendly. Eyeglass frames are now created from high-tech materials such as titanium and "memory metal" for the ultimate in strength and style, while the lenses are now thinner and lighter than ever before, even in high prescriptions.

Lens options, such as anti-reflective coating, light-changing tints, progressive lenses and new high-tech, light weight materials such as Trivex(TM) and polycarbonate, let you choose a pair of eyeglasses that enhances your vision, no matter what you like to do.

Click here to see our designer frames.

Pink, Stinging Eyes? It Could Be Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

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