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IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19 RESPONSE

Carim Eye and Retina Center has made a decision to cancel ALL NON-ESSENTIAL/ROUTINE office visits effective Thursday, March 19th, 2020 until Monday, April 20th, 2020.

This difficult decision was made to guard the health and safety of our patients and employees.

We will remain available throughout the COVID-19 crisis for EMERGENCY OR URGENT NEEDS ONLY.

OUR OPTICAL SHOP WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL GLASSES AND CONTACT LENS DELIVERIES UNTIL WE REPOEN ON APRIL 20TH.

If you have a true eye emergency – please call 610-376-1981 and follow instructions.

Thank you for your understanding and trust as we as a community navigate through this difficult time.

IMPORTANT: How to Take Care of Your Contact Lenses During the COVID-19 Crisis


IMPORTANT: How to Take Care of Your Contact Lenses During the COVID-19 Crisis

Contact lenses may still be worn during the COVID-19 crisis, but extra care needs to be taken to make sure you keep your case and hands clean and avoid contamination.

While the jury is still out as to whether COVID-19 is found in tears, a small recently published study did not find evidence of the virus in tears.

We do know however that the COVID-19 virus can enter our bodies through the surface of our eyes. This is why it is important to follow strict handwashing procedures when touching contact lenses and applying them to the eyes. You must always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water prior to any lens handling.

If your occupation exposes you to aerosolized saliva or saliva droplets make sure you wear a face shield or protective goggles.

Of course, the least risky measure at this time would be to avoid touching your face or eyes which would include using contact lenses unless you absolutely need them to function visually.

Taking more rigorous care of your contact lens case is extremely important.
Contact lens cases may be sanitized in the dishwasher or by being placed in boiling water for at least 3 minutes. Do this at least weekly.

Contact lens solutions must be replaced in the case each day, do not top off solutions. If it is difficult for you to obtain an adequate amount of solutions for your rigid gas permeable lenses, it is acceptable to use soft lens solutions which may be obtained in larger volumes.

Only use contact lens solutions for rinsing and cleaning cases. Do not use tap water or other bottled water. They could contain organisms that can infect the eye. If necessary, use boiling water as described above.

Clean the inside of your case daily, using either a clean finger or a lint free cloth. Rub the inside of the case and its lids in a circular motion for at least 5 seconds to remove any biofilms. Rinse the case and its lids with contact lens solutions only and shake off excess moisture.

Place your case and its lids on a clean lint free cloth or paper towel face down to air dry.

It is not recommended that you dry or store your case in the bathroom where it is humid and may be exposed to other aerosolized contaminants.

If you use 1 day lenses, replace them as directed. Scleral lens wearers should continue to use their specialized solutions. Ideally, you should replace your case every three months.

Be safe and share this with other contact lens wearers.

CARIM EYE AND RETINA CENTER


Welcome to Carim Eye and Retina Center, LTD.

We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality eye care and service available. Since its founding in 1991, Carim Eye and Retina Center, LTD., has offered outstanding ophthalmic care in a patient-centered environment. Our state of the art care is reflective of our commitment to continuing education and clinical research.

Carim Eye and Retina Center, LTD., specializes in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, cataract surgery, glaucoma, comprehensive eye examinations, and contact lens evaluation and fitting. Our Optical Boutique has experienced, certified opticians who strive to meet the needs of each and every client. We pride ourselves on our high quality and diverse selection of frames and our fast delivery.

Notice of Non-Discrimination
It is the policy of the Carim Eye and Retina Center, LTD., not to discriminate against any individual who presents for care or employment at the Center on grounds of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious creed, disability, or marital or veteran status. At no time will any individual be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination in the provision of any care, services provided, or employment opportunities at the Carim Eye and Retina Center, LTD. in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.