MAY 18TH REOPENING WITH COVID 19 GUIDELINES
Optique Vision, Clonmel, will open from May 18th in line with Irish government recommendations. We will open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. As always we will endeavour to keep our patients and staff safe during the COVID 19 outbreak. How we work has changed, please be kind and patient. We ask that our patients wear there own mask to the practice. Hand sanitiser will be supplied at several locations in the shop. We are limiting the number of people in the practice so it is best to phone ahead for an appointment, even if it is a small repair. This will ensure we can accommodate your request. The optometrist may phone/zoom call you ahead of your visit to complete your case history (reason for visit etc). This will help to streamline your visit. We will ask you to sanitise your hands when you enter the practice. We may ask to take your temperature, please don't be offended. During the eye exam we may ask you to lower the mask for brief periods as the mask fogs some lenses on our testing equipment. For repairs we may ask you to leave the practice for a few minutes while we process your request. If you are collecting items that do not require fitting we may ask you to pay over the phone and we will come outside the shop with the products.
In the meantime these options are still available for ocular emergencies:
If you have an ocular emergency please phone Optique Vision 0526121820 or email during normal business hours for advice and triage by the dispensing optician or optometrist. If it is a very urgent case you can avail of the following services:
Virtual Consultation with Wellington Eye Clinic email email@example.com
Institute of Eye Surgery UPMC Whitfield and UPMC Kildare - 24 Hr National Urgent Access Service 0818 393 393 https://www.ioes.ie/contact/
Contact University Hospital Waterford (UHW) by phone (now appointment only no walk in service) 051 842354 or 051 842219 or through UHW switchboard to the eye doctor oncall and an appropriate date and time of appointment will be given. Do not present at the hospital. You must have an appointment.
Here is a very informative video on COVID 19 and eyecare from the Wellington Eye Clinic. Mr Cummings, Ophthalmologist, recommends thorough hygiene around contact lens use and eye drop insertion. He also asks you to consider taking a break from make up and contact lens wear during the pandemic. Continue to use your eye drops as prescribed.
If you have concerns or questions check the HSE Website, WHO Website or Irish Government Website. Mind your mental health - speak to someone, virtually if necessary! Maybe take a break from scaremongering WhatsApp groups and Facebook feeds. Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly, using the method outlined by WHO (shown below) is your best defence against any Virus. When you are out and about for essential food shopping remember: Hand sanitizer is only effective if you use it according to the method outlined below. Maintain social distancing, follow government guidelines. Do not touch your face, spectacles or hair. Do not rub your eyes. Touch as little as possible, use your non dominant hand for doorknobs, transport, bathrooms etc because it is difficult for you to touch your face with that hand.
Go well, we are all in this together. Be kind to each other.