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What to Do for an Eye Emergency During COVID-19
March 24, 2020- If you experience an eye or vision emergency during the closures of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are urged to seek care through your optometrist. Many optometry offices remain open for essential and emergency care.
Wyoming’s optometrists are taking steps to remain available for care for those patients needing urgent and/or essential care. This will also be a great benefit to Wyoming’s hospital emergency rooms and urgent care clinics, who may not be able to treat eye emergencies at this time.
Many offices can address the following issues via tele-health or curbside pick-up:
- Red eye (aka: pink eye or conjunctivitis)
- Broken glasses
- Contact Lens Refills
- Other Eye Emergencies
- Other Essential Care Appointments
“Wyomingites are navigating some unusually tough times with still unknown rapids ahead. Call your local Doctor of Optometry for anything eye related and we can usually take care of this with you over the phone without breaking social distancing. No matter if it is an injury, pink eye, or something as simple as ordering your contacts, our offices are here for you,” says Wyoming Optometric Association’s President Dr. Chris Jons. “The urgent care and medical world are in for a rough go and we all need to do our best to alleviate that strain. Contact us and we will do our best to direct you to the best care during these times. We are all in this together.”
Each optometry office has different processes and circumstances so call your optometrist to see what level of care they are able to provide during this time. Try your best to stay out of the overloaded emergency care offices.
If you are having an eye emergency you can FIND AN OPTOMETRIST HERE
A lot has changed in the 25 plus years since Wyoming's Optometric Practice Act was last updated. In 2020, the Doctors of the Wyoming Optometric Association would like to see updates to the law to keep your family's eye care closer to home with the doctor you know and trust.
We need to update Wyoming's law to allow Wyoming Doctors of Optometry to do all the procedures they are trained to do. Unfortunately, our legislative efforts during the 2020 Legislative Session were unsuccessful. Your doctor remains committed to continue to work to make the changes needed to ensure that you have the ability to receive the latest health care innovations in your own community.
The Wyoming Optometric Association (WOA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Wyoming. Over 100 Wyoming Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association.
The WOA assists members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients’ best interests, and providing information to assist doctors practicing in a variety of clinical settings.
We provide resources to communities through collaboration and partnerships with organizations who help provide eye care for children and adults. These programs help fulfill the WOA Mission of insuring quality eye care for Wyoming.