New safety measures at eyecare center

WNYT Staff
Updated: May 29, 2020 08:38 AM
Created: May 29, 2020 08:37 AM

HUDSON -- Eye doctors are back to full service in New York, open for more than emergency procedures. But patients will be seeing a lot of new safety measures.

At Family Eyecare Center in Hudson the waiting room is usually full. Now they’ve removed most of the chairs as they reduce the number of patients in here at one time.


It's by appointment only at Family Eyecare Center in Hudson. Anyone coming in has to wear a mask.

First thing at check-in, they take your temperature, and they keep a log of everyone for contact tracing. Then it’s off to the handwashing station.

The New York State Optometric Association put out some guidance for safety measures.  

“We were able to comply with all of that. We need to acquire some new equipment, disposable equipment, PPE, really just masks, gloves, and some things that we use during the exam that normally we would have cleaned.  We have to be able to discard those now,” said Dr. Nicky Sacco-Brown. 

There's a plexiglass barrier at check-in. It's a moveable sign made quickly for the business by Next Gen Signs in Ghent. 

When patients try on glasses, the frames they touch have to be cleaned afterwards.

“We have been doing curbside repairs and deliveries. We've been mailing a lot of contact lenses and glasses to patients, who maybe can't get out or should not get out,” she added.  

Doctors Nicky Sacco-Brown and Victoria McEwan have cut back their schedules. 

“We're trying to keep the number of folks coming through down to a minimum, so that we have time to clean in between each patient,” Sacco-Brown said.  

There is a lot of cleaning going on.

Optometrists in New York were allowed to resume full service, as of May 17th.

“I think they're happy to come back because that creates some semblance of normalcy for them as well. Kind of like, we're making some progress to getting back to our normal lives,” she added.

To hear more about this story, click on Kumi Tucker’s report.

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