COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Newsom Eye is here to evaluate your eye care needs with additional COVID-19 safety precautions for new and established patients. 

We remain available for your eye care needs 24/7. Please call 813-908-2020 (Tampa) or
863-385-1544 (Sebring) to have your eye care needs evaluated.

Providing all patients with NEWsom EYES by delivering top quality physicians and surgeons,
supported by the most advanced research facilities and technology, while emphasizing
customer care has always been our mission.

We understand you may be feeling concerned about novel coronavirus, also known as
COVID-19, and you may need to seek care for your eyes.

To help ensure your safety, we ask that all patients and their companions follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) recommended precautions while visiting our facilities.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

We are following guidelines from public health authorities and local jurisdictions to help ensure the health and safety of our patients, physicians, staff, and the community.

In-Office Evaluation Options: We have in-office options to best meet your eye care needs.

Status of Operations:

You will be contacted by a staff member to evaluate your chief complaint, if your existing
appointment needs to be rescheduled or if we need further information from you to properly
assess the urgency of your existing appointment.

We are adjusting our in-office hours of operation as needed, so if you do not have an existing
appointment, please call ahead before coming to one of our facilities.

Precautions:

Rest assured that we are complying with the recommendations and protocols put forth by the Centers for Disease Control, and monitoring updates from the CDC and Department of Health. COVID-19 Safety Precautions taken by Newsom Eye following these guidelines specifically include:

  • Staff is wearing face masks and gloves when appropriate and, as always, washing
    hands or using hand sanitizer between each patient.
  • Minimizing the number of patients in our waiting rooms by spreading out appointments, offering patients the option to wait in their vehicle for a call to cell phone when they are ready to be taken back, and asking that only the patient with exception of a caretaker or
    one parent/guardian accompanying a minor child come to the appointment.
  • Wiping down every surface in the clinic between patients with a hospital grade sanitizing wipe.]
  • Frequent disinfection of reception, waiting, and other patient and staff facing areas.
  • Taking the temperature of every patient and staff member before they enter the building.
  • Screening every patient for travel history of the patient and their family members and a
    history of recent fever or respiratory symptoms.

Instructions for Patients:

We ask that you call our office and reschedule your appointment if, within the past 14 days, you have:

  • Traveled by air or cruise ship, whether international or domestic
  • Traveled outside the state of Florida to an identified high-risk area
  • Been asked to self-isolate or self-quarantine by any other doctor or public health official
  • Have or have had a fever, a new cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, diarrhea, or any
    flu-like symptoms

Upon your arrival, we will be asking you again about recent travel, your symptoms and taking
your temperature when you arrive at our facility. This is done as a precautionary measure.

We are asking that all patients wear a mask, or other face covering, including but not limited to: surgical masks, cloth masks, scarves, bandanas, or t-shirt fashioned into a face covering.

Please, no visitors. We ask that all companions, including family members, wait outside the
office or remain in their vehicle to help reduce density in our waiting areas, with exception of a caretaker or one parent/guardian of a minor child patient. If you feel more comfortable, you can also wait outdoors or in your vehicle after check-in.

If you have recently traveled, refer to and follow your local official orders for any mandatory
self-isolation or quarantine period and follow the CDC’s recommendations for steps to monitor your health (fever, symptoms, etc.) and practice social distancing to help protect yourself and others.

Steps You Can Take to Limit Exposure:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home if possible and maintain “social distancing” around others
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick or have recently traveled to identified high-risk
    areas

If You’re Sick:

  • Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical care if symptoms worsen
  • Stay home except to seek medical care
  • Wash your hands, clean and disinfect surfaces daily
  • If you’re around other sick people, or caring for others, wear a facemask
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and wash your hands afterwards
  • Call your doctor before seeking care, including for appointments scheduled for other
    reasons
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with our COVID-19 Safety Precautions to help us keep our families and communities safer!

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