COVID-19 Update: We are committed to safeguarding the health of our patients and the public. At the same time, we ensure that we continue to provide essential eye care to our patients. We are seeing all patients and are offering tele-medicine visits. Please call 910.355.3937 to reschedule or inquire about scheduling a tele-medicine visit with one of our physicians.
- Exam room and equipment will be cleaned before and after every patient according to CDC guidelines. Waiting room chairs, counters and doors are wiped down periodically throughout the day.
- We ask that you wear a face-covering wherever possible.
- Only patients, or patients plus one critical caregiver are allowed into an appointment.
- Our waiting room is open, but limited to patients with scheduled appointments to help ensure safe social distancing. You may call our main line to inform the front desk of your arrival. We ask that you wait in your parked car or away from other patients outdoors.
- If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or other COVID-19 symptoms your appointment will be rescheduled.
- Any patients or staff who were diagnosed with COVID-19 or is waiting for COVID-19 test results must have an all-clear notification from their physician before entering our facility.
- Our staff are up-to-speed on COVID-19 symptoms and utilize recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- All flyers, brochures, displays, toys, magazines, etc. have been removed from the waiting areas.
- All glasses and frames used will be removed and only returned until fully cleaned and disinfected.
Thank you for your understanding and adhering to the policies of our practice. As always, our main concern is the safety and well-being of our patients and staff. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at any time.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Tele-Medicine Tips–Smartphone Photo of Your Eye
Please visit this helpful link to see how visual acuity testing can be done at home.
- If possible, ask someone else to take the photo of you.
- Take as many pictures as possible. Use burst mode on the camera to take pictures and take more than one. Send as many as you think may help!
- Shade with lots of indirect light is the best.
- It is better than direct light.
- During the day, sit facing a sunny window, but in the shade. Have the photographer be between you and the window. You look out the window towards them. This maximizes the light coming into your eye.
- Outside, sit on your front step at the edge of the shade.
- Avoid taking the photo in direct sunlight.
- Add a “diffuse” big light source. For example, a white piece of paper taped in front of a flashlight and then shown on the eye
- Hold the camera in a position where it’s not casting a shadow on the face.
- Point the lens at the area of interest and get as close as the camera will allow while maintaining focus.
- Keep the camera as still as possible – use your elbows as a tripod against your body or use a tripod.
- Keep the patient’s head very still. If possible, have the patient put their head in their hands to make their head more stable
- If you can adjust the resolution of the photo, set it on high resolution.
- Use a timer on the camera if you are alone
- Take extra photos at different angles.
iPhone extra tips
- On an iPhone, touch the screen where you want the camera to focus (on the eye). You’ll see a little square appear there and you can slide your finger up or down to adjust exposure/lighting on the eye.