The COVID-19 pandemic and California’s Shelter-in-Place order means that non-essential outings must be avoided to limit spread of infection. As you are probably aware, patients over 65, or those with underlying medical problems, such as heart or lung problems and diabetes, are more susceptible to serious complications of this virus. While social distancing and other measures to prevent infection are of utmost importance, it is equally important to remain healthy and maintain your ocular care. It is important that you continue to check in with your primary health care provider about any ongoing healthcare requirements.
In order to continue providing eye care to patients during this unprecedented time, we wish to inform you that we are conducting patient appointments remotely by telemedicine. If you already have an appointment with ADV scheduled in coming weeks — whether you are an established or new patient, and whether for evaluation or follow-up of glaucoma, cataract or other new or ongoing ocular symptoms – we urge you to proceed with your appointment by telemedicine. Your appointment will be conducted by private and secure video, utilizing your home computer, laptop, or smart phone. Our telephone operator will give you instructions and a time window for your telemedicine appointment.
If your ocular issue is urgent, we will schedule you for an in-person appointment at our San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria locations. If you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or other cold symptoms, you should first consult your primary care provider, urgent care, or emergency room.
Please call, text, or e-mail our office today to schedule any urgent eye care appointment in office, or nonurgent appointment by telemedicine.
Adam D. Abroms, M.D.