Please review this information from the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology and the CDC regarding COVID-19:

Guidance for VA outpatient care can be found on the Optometry HQ Announcements Page (updated 04/01/20)

NAVAO aligns with and supports COVID-19 guidance recommended by the CDC, AOA and AAO.

FEMA has created a page to combat rumors about COVID-19.  

From the AOA:

AOA guidance to doctors of optometry on the CDC March 17 announcement on coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis

The AOA supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) patient care guidance issued on March 17 and the efforts of state and local authorities as well as state boards of optometry to combat further community spread and a wider outbreak. Also of critical importance are immediate efforts to assure continued access to essential health care, including urgent and emergent care provided by doctors of optometry, and to reduce current and expected burdens on emergency departments.

Doctors of optometry are frontline physician providers of essential care. Urgent care is defined as medical care provided for illnesses or injuries which require prompt attention but are typically not of such seriousness as to require the services of an emergency room. Emergent care is defined as medical care for conditions requiring prompt medical attention due to a sudden change in the eye or visual health. Based on the immediate health needs of a patient, doctors of optometry can and should use their professional judgment to determine the timing and course of care, including assessing patient expressed urgency, necessary preventative care and the monitoring and refilling of prescriptions.   

In the current patient care environment, doctors and their essential professional staff have a responsibility to ensure that all fully appropriate care preparation guidelines and requirements are strictly observed. These include CDC Guidance for healthcare facilities

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