COVID-19

Florida Retina Institute Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Action Plan

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At Florida Retina Institute, we value the health and well-being of our patients and employees. Together we can affect change and prevent this disease from spreading.

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, it is imperative we take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus by implementing precautions as advised by the CDC.

  • All Doctors and staff will be wearing PPE (personal protective equipment).
  • handwashing
  • Hand Hygiene – The most common transmission vector are hands. Keep your hands clean and sanitized.
  • Florida Retina Institute staff is required to wash their hands before and after each patient.
  • Florida Retina Institute staff will frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be used.
  • Florida Retina Institute staff will make it a habit to wash your hands several times a day.
  • Alcohol based hand sanitizers will be available throughout clinic offices.
  • Florida Retina Institute employees are expected to wash or sanitize hands upon entering a Florida Retina Institute office.
  • Please avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with hands.
  • Florida Retina Institute staff is required to wash their hands before and after each patient.
  • Technicians will also sanitize equipment before and after each patient.
  • Florida Retina Institute will be wiping down all commonly used surfaces and areas throughout the day.

Upon your arrival, you will be screened at check-in for the following:

Patients, caregivers, household members and visitors are required to wear face masks at all times while in an office.

Patients, caregivers, household members and visitors will be screened at the clinic entrance for the following:

Fever (>100.4F), dry cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.
Recent travel (<30 days) outside of Florida or from high risk areas which include Asia, Middle East, Europe, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Miami Florida, Detroit Michigan, New Orleans area, California, Washington State or Cruise ship.
Recent hospitalization within the last 30 days.
Affirmative answer(s) above will require notification of a Supervisor or Doctor.

Patients, caregivers, household members and visitors will be encouraged to sanitize their hands when entering a clinic.

Implementing social distancing by:

  • We will be limiting the number of patient family members and/or visitors in our clinic offices. Family members/visitors may be asked to wait in their respective vehicles.
  • We will be seating patients and/or visitors with at least six feet of separation.

COVID-19 Signs and Symptoms

According to the CDC, the most common signs or symptoms are fever >100.4F, dry cough, sore throat and shortness of breath.

how to cough or sneeze correctly

Please know how to sneeze and cough. Coronavirus can be spread by small water droplets when sneezing or coughing.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue. If using a tissue, please sanitize your hands immediately after.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

a. Florida Retina Institute Doctors will instruct their teams on required PPE and related protocols.

b. Mandatory Use of Masks - All Florida Retina Institute employees working in an office servicing patients are expected to wear a Florida Retina Institute approved face mask at all times in the office.
Masks will be distributed to each employee as supply inventory warrants. At the end of each day, Florida Retina Institute employees will disinfect their mask with an appropriate disinfecting spray such as Lysol and safely store the mask from use until the next business day.
Florida Retina Institute cannot guarantee the replacement of a lost or damaged mask.
If an office cannot supply surgical masks, an employee may furnish a mask as per CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

c. Eye Protection – Florida Retina Institute employees are encouraged to wear eye protection in the form of prescription glasses or certified safety goggles.
Employees who normally wear contact lenses are encouraged to wear their prescription glasses. Safety goggles will be provided to employees as supply inventory warrants.

d. Gloves – at the discretion of the Doctor, Florida Retina Institute employees may wear surgical type gloves. However, gloves are not a substitution for hand washing and/or hand sanitation. Gloves must be kept clean and sanitized either by washing or using an alcoholic based hand sanitizer.

For additional questions about the CDC and Health Dept guidelines, please visit the CDC Coronavirus FAQs at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html and the State of Florida COVID-19 websites.


If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming appointment, please do not hesitate to call our office and speak with one of our staff members.

Updated July 2nd, 2020