Access the AOA HPI’s updated (Feb. 25) statement Doctors of Optometry and COVID-19 for information relevant to optometric practices.
Short of declaring COVID-19 a deadly pandemic, U.S. public health authorities anticipate community spread of the novel coronavirus and warn “severe” disruptions likely in the event of an outbreak.
In a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) telebriefing Feb. 25, Nancy Messonnier, M.D., National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease director, said a global COVID-19 outbreak is only one criteria short of “pandemic”-that being, worldwide viral spread. This, despite World Health Organization (WHO) numbers released that same day showing 80,239 confirmed cases globally in 33 countries.
In a further blow to global containment efforts, four new countries reported COVID-19 cases in the 24-hour lead-up to the WHO report, as well as suspicion of under-reporting of severe cases in Iran and an outbreak in Italy where 322 cases prompted a quarantine lockdown on several cities. Still, WHO data shows most COVID-19 cases remain in the country of origin; China confirmed 77,780 cases and 2,666 deaths (as of Feb. 25) as compared to the 2,459 confirmed cases and 34 deaths outside of China.
Multidisciplinary, community-governed Community Health Centers deliver comprehensive health services, address health disparities, and improve access to care for the underserved. Working with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the AOA is improving patient access to eye and vision care services at Centers within the U.S. Presently, only about 18 percent provide in-house optometric services. Click here to find a Community Health Center near you.
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InfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. AOA InfantSEE optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no-cost public health service.
The Children’s Vision 1-3-5 program is part of the kids welcome here campaign for children ages 1 – 18, a commitment by the Oregon Foundation for Vision Awareness to ensure that our children have the best possible eyesight and vision skills for their educational years and future lives.
If you do not have vision insurance and can not afford the cost of routine eye care, we want to help. Click on the link below for a vision application, our staff will attempt to match you with a no-cost insurance option. Limited adult vision services are available also.
Kids Welcome Here 1-3-5 Brochure / Spanish Version
Please clink on one of the links below for vision assistance