As we rapidly try to adjust to the fast-changing environment we find ourselves in due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many people have questions about what the social distancing measures mean for them in relation to specific issues.
Your eye health and concerns may be one of them and you may have confusion about whether or not to make or keep appointments with your optometrist right now.
As of Monday morning, 23 March, State Governments have agreed to align with Federal advice on the range of businesses to be included in this week’s shutdown, and optometry practices in all states and territories are currently able to continue to look after your eye health and vision needs. We recommend ringing your optometrist to confirm they are still open and to discuss your personal circumstances if you have any concerns. Symptoms like red eyes, sensitivity to light, painful eyes, sudden changes in vision and flashes and floaters remain eye conditions which may need urgent attention so please call your local optometrist for advice if you experience any of these.
The Federal Health Minister this week also discussed extending telehealth options through Medicare to allied health and we will provide more information on Good vision for life about this option as it becomes available.
Please note, If you have ANY of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Travelled to (including transited through) a country considered to pose a risk of COVID-19 transmission in the 14 days before getting sick
- Had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the 14 days before getting sick
PLEASE notify your optometrist’s practice BEFORE attending your appointment.
Optometrists around the country follow best practice infection control guidelines and like all health professionals in Australia have elevated these precautions in the current health climate.
Symptom checker tool
Healthdirect Australia has developed a COVID-19 Symptom Checker, an online self-guided tool to help people find out if they need to seek medical help. Please click here to use the symptom checker.