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COVID-19 Update

March 27, 2020

Franklin Family Eyecare supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) patient care guidance issued on March 17 and the efforts of the state of NJ 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 our practice, and to reduce current and expected burdens on emergency departments.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), we 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, we will use our professional judgment to determine the timing and course of care, including assessing the patient’s expressed urgency, necessary preventative care and the monitoring and refilling of prescriptions.   

In the current patient care environment, we have a responsibility to ensure that all fully appropriate care preparation guidelines and requirements are strictly observed. These include CDC Guidance for healthcare facilities. Our office is closely monitoring developments and will actively provide updates regarding COVID-19 to ensure that our patients not only understand the risks associated with this pandemic but also have the latest information available for the continued care of our patients. Our priority is to support the health and safety of our community and we will continue to assess the situation and update accordingly. For more information, see COVID-19 FAQs

Dr. Josephine and her entire staff at Franklin Family Eyecare encourage you to follow strict hygiene conditions and practice social distancing as prescribed by local and state authorities.