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Participating Colorado Optometrists Give Infants One-time No-cost Eye Exam Through National InfantSEE® Program

DENVER, Colo. -- Leaders in Colorado eye health advocacy, the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) and 2020 Eyes Colorado, announce that participating local optometrists are offering no-cost comprehensive eye exams to infants 6-12 months of age regardless of income or insurance. These no-cost infant eye exams are part of a national public health program called InfantSEE®. This program is designed to improve a child's quality of life by ensuring proper eye health development in infants and early detection of any eye health challenges before learning is impacted.

"An infant's first comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist is essential in understanding their individual eye health and development. Vision screenings with a pediatrician can miss about one-third of eye health challenges and that can impact learning even before the child gets to the classroom," says Dr. Tom Cruse, President of the Colorado Optometric Association.

The InfantSEE program helps children start a lifetime of learning with healthy eyes. Colorado's doctors of optometry recommend eye exams at 6-12 months, age 3, and age 5, then every year following. Three eye exams by age 5 is the best way to ensure your child's visual system is ready for classroom learning.

Getting a no-cost InfantSEE comprehensive eye exam is easy!

Step 1: Locate a participating InfantSEE optometrist HERE https://colorado.aoa.org/doctor-locator-search (don't forget to check the box labeled "Show only InfantSEE® Providers").

Step 2: Call and schedule the no-cost InfantSEE eye exam.

Step 3: Begin a lifetime of healthy eye and vision care.

Learn more about InfantSEE: https://2020eyescolorado.org/infantsee-free-eye-exams/

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado - https://2020eyescolorado.org/.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Eyeglass Wearers Finally Seeing Clearly with a Face Mask

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. -- After a long year, we're seeing light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, but face coverings will remain the new norm. The No Fog Cloth™ from EyeFi LLC eliminates the common inconvenience of foggy glasses that interferes with productivity at work, especially for healthcare professionals who are forced to wear goggles and face shields all day while wearing a mask. As students and teachers return to school, fog-free glasses will also help decrease anxiety and distractions.

The No Fog Cloth is a reusable anti-fog cloth that prevents fogging on all lenses, lens materials and coatings, particularly when wearing a facemask. It is the only patented microfiber cloth on the market and is proven to last all day. Rated #1 and recommended by thousands of professionals, including optometrist and opticians around the world.

"In March of 2020, it was hard to even find a mask. Today, people don't leave home without one. This has been an adjustment for all, but especially for the medical community, teachers, students, first responders and anyone who wears eyeglasses," said Lisa Mirabile, Director of Marketing, EyeFi LLC. "To keep glasses free from fog, sprays and drops haven't fared so well, and they're messy and awkward to carry. Face masks here for the long-term in the fight against the pandemic and the No Fog Cloth offers eyeglass wearers relief."

Great for eyeglasses, sunglasses, PPE/safety goggles, binoculars, camera Lenses and more, it's simple to use just by wiping lenses. Reusable up to 200 times, No Fog Cloth is the perfect travel size. It comes packaged in a re-sealable plastic pouch for maximum reuses and easy, convenient carrying in any size purse or pocket. Unlike sprays, there's no odor, no residue, just no fog.

For more on the No Fog Cloth and the March Madness Special pricing, visit: https://nofogsolutions.com/

About EyeFi LLC

NoFogSolutions.com is an EyeFi LLC company. We have over 100 years of experience bringing products to market and have thousands of satisfied customers. We carefully curate only the finest materials and search the globe for scientifically proven technologies that solve real problems. Our goal is to always be innovative in the products we offer and to deliver a superior customer experience. NoFogSolutions.com is providing a solution to support first responders, the medical community and other essential workers who are challenged every day with fogging lenses while wearing a mask.

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Eternal NYC Restaurant Week: Doctor LASEK’s Anecdote

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Park Avenue LASEK shared today the person behind the continuity of the exuberant NYC Restaurant Week for all these years: Emil Chynn. New York restaurant week is one of the most famous institutions for food enthusiasts in the United States. It provides the opportunity for the average person to enjoy and experience gourmet haute cuisine at famous establishments, many of which have Michelin star ratings, that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Restaurant week started as a onetime affair for the Democratic National Convention in 1992. It was a great success for all the delegates attending from out of town. Almost nobody knows who had the idea of extending restaurant week to become a permanent annual event. Interestingly, the person who came up with this idea was not a chef, nor a restaurant owner, nor a food critic, rather a prominent eye surgeon who was born in NYC and had an interest in cuisine.

"Why would I, Emil Chynn, be interested in extending restaurant week and putting my life at risk for fellow New Yorkers who are also strangers? Because I am very New York loyal and as a native New Yorker I am committed to doing initiatives to help my community," he says.

"For example, in the West Village I put up a lending library so that neighbors can borrow, lend, and trade books which was extremely useful during the pandemic because people were at home without normal social interaction. The following is the editorial I wrote to the New York Times which was published on July 15, 1992 with the idea of extending restaurant week to become an everlasting event and this initiative succeeded because it was rapidly adopted by several celebrity chefs.

"This year Restaurant Week is taking on added significance because of the pandemic as New Yorkers have faced a challenge of being the number one hotspot the past spring in terms of death. I was one of the few eye surgeons in Manhattan who kept my office open throughout the pandemic and I believe that New Yorkers need an occasion to cheer themselves up. Therefore, I am supporting Restaurant Week this year by giving coupons to anyone who visits my office for a Free LASEK Consultation to enjoy Restaurant Week on me!"

He adds, "Don't get me wrong. I'm as glad as the next New Yorker that we put on our best face for the Democratic National Convention. But why can't some of the great events we came up with be repeated every year?

"Today, for example, I had a memorable lunch at elegant Le Perigord for $19, courtesy of the delegate dine-out program. This evening, I strolled along Fifth Avenue, which was turned briefly into a pedestrian mall, with every museum along Museum Mile free to the public, and street artists and musicians performing on each corner. This, too, was organized for the convention.

"Finally, on my way home, I debated about taking the subway, which was particularly scary just last week. I needn't have worried. On the platform to greet me were not one but four of New York's finest.

"I realize these are days of financial constraint. But many of the best events were privately, not publicly, funded. If American Express and Coca-Cola can sponsor the dine-out program this year, why not every year, perhaps on a smaller scale, with more sponsors? Many participating restaurants, I hear, made money on the promotion, with free exposure, to boot. It takes imagination and commitment to improve our city. For the convention, New Yorkers have shown that we have imagination. Now let's see if our leaders have the commitment. EMIL WILLIAM CHYNN New York, July 15, 1992."

About Emil Chynn, Park Avenue LASEK:

Based in NYC, NY. Park Avenue LASEK, owned by Emil Chynn, is the largest non-cutting laser vision correction in the United States, and has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Discovery Channel, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He was the first eye surgeon in New York to get LASIK himself, and in 2001 switched to the newer, safer, non-cutting LASEK procedure, and since then has performed about 25,000 LASEKs, which is the most of any surgeon in the United States.

In 2019 Chynn became the first eye surgeon in the world to perform LASEK on himself, which he did to emphasize that this newer, safer, non-cutting procedure that he helped invent while at Harvard is so much safer than the older cutting LASIK procedure that it is possible to laser his own self! He was also the first doctor to arrive at ground zero on 9/11 and was the only medical doctor on that day who set up the triage center and emergency room.

You can see the photographs (which have been exhibited around the world) at https://parkavenuelasek.com/911-volunteer/.

Please contact us for more information and wishing you and loved ones a happy and healthy 2021!

Learn more about Park Avenue LASEK at: https://parkavenuelasek.com/

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Local Ophthalmology practice celebrates seven and a half years with Retina Specialist Matthew Cole, M.D.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Ophthalmology practice Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun celebrates a special seven and a half year anniversary to commemorate the addition of Retina Specialist Matthew Cole, M.D., to the team of Knoxville eye doctors.

A native of Johnson City, Dr. Cole joined Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun as Retina Specialist after finishing his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and completing a year-long Retina Fellowship at UK. Since then, he has been consistently meeting an evident need for his patients.

There are many diseases that can specifically affect the retina, which is the thin tissue at the back of the eye responsible for converting light to images sent to the brain. Some common conditions and diseases of the delicate retina include retinal tear, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration, among others. Virtually all of these conditions can manifest in vision problems, even blindness if left untreated. Those diagnosed with these conditions are likely to be referred to a retina specialist to combat the ill effects of any of these conditions.

"That's why having a doctor on staff who specializes in diseases of the retina is so important for our patients," Dr. Philip Campbell, Ophthalmologist, said. "All the doctors at the practice treat retinal conditions, but with Dr. Cole specializing in that area specifically, it provides a more focused avenue for care without any need for referral to an outside source. And our patients especially appreciate the convenient, time-efficient injections for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration that Dr. Cole provides."

Dr. Cole said he prides himself on his interactions with his patients. After all, when a person's vision is on the line, fear can certainly be a big part of the equation. But Cole makes it a point to be a reassuring voice amid the uncertainty.

"The fear of losing eyesight for many is a day-to-day burden," Cole said. "As a Retina Specialist, I enjoy being able to help calm the fears of my patients, which is certainly appealing. Helping their quality of life is what drives me to do my very best every time I visit with a patient."

In addition to being heavily experienced at retinal injections for diabetic and macular degeneration, Dr. Cole also highlighted ongoing advancements in technology with helping him provide that next-level care his patients deserve.

"I'm excited to be here," said Dr. Cole. "And it amazes me how much retina care is needed in this area. It just goes to show I made the right career choice."

Dr. Cole sees patients at offices in Knoxville, Farragut, Maryville and Sevierville. In addition to retinal conditions, he emphasized that he and the rest of the staff of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun pride themselves on serving the entire family's eye care needs all under one roof.

For more information on Dr. Cole or any of the services available at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, call (865) 584-0905 or visit https://www.ccteyes.com/.

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Local Ophthalmology practice celebrates seven and a half years with Retina Specialist Matthew Cole, M.D.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Ophthalmology practice Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun celebrates a special seven and a half year anniversary to commemorate the addition of Retina Specialist Matthew Cole, M.D., to the team of Knoxville eye doctors.

A native of Johnson City, Dr. Cole joined Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun as Retina Specialist after finishing his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and completing a year-long Retina Fellowship at UK. Since then, he has been consistently meeting an evident need for his patients.

There are many diseases that can specifically affect the retina, which is the thin tissue at the back of the eye responsible for converting light to images sent to the brain. Some common conditions and diseases of the delicate retina include retinal tear, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration, among others. Virtually all of these conditions can manifest in vision problems, even blindness if left untreated. Those diagnosed with these conditions are likely to be referred to a retina specialist to combat the ill effects of any of these conditions.

"That's why having a doctor on staff who specializes in diseases of the retina is so important for our patients," Dr. Philip Campbell, Ophthalmologist, said. "All the doctors at the practice treat retinal conditions, but with Dr. Cole specializing in that area specifically, it provides a more focused avenue for care without any need for referral to an outside source. And our patients especially appreciate the convenient, time-efficient injections for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration that Dr. Cole provides."

Dr. Cole said he prides himself on his interactions with his patients. After all, when a person's vision is on the line, fear can certainly be a big part of the equation. But Cole makes it a point to be a reassuring voice amid the uncertainty.

"The fear of losing eyesight for many is a day-to-day burden," Cole said. "As a Retina Specialist, I enjoy being able to help calm the fears of my patients, which is certainly appealing. Helping their quality of life is what drives me to do my very best every time I visit with a patient."

In addition to being heavily experienced at retinal injections for diabetic and macular degeneration, Dr. Cole also highlighted ongoing advancements in technology with helping him provide that next-level care his patients deserve.

"I'm excited to be here," said Dr. Cole. "And it amazes me how much retina care is needed in this area. It just goes to show I made the right career choice."

Dr. Cole sees patients at offices in Knoxville, Farragut, Maryville and Sevierville. In addition to retinal conditions, he emphasized that he and the rest of the staff of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun pride themselves on serving the entire family's eye care needs all under one roof.

For more information on Dr. Cole or any of the services available at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, call (865) 584-0905 or visit https://www.ccteyes.com/.

Related link: https://www.ccteyes.com/

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Knoxville eye care provider offers exclusive designer frames under the brand Optique 865

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- EyeCare Optical, a local eye care provider in East Tennessee, can now add the title of "designer" to its list of specialties thanks to the unveiling of a new line of designer eyeglass frames under the brand Optique 865. According to opticians at the practice, this new brand focuses not on only style and high-level quality but affordability as well, all while being exclusive to the practice.

A division of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, an established Ophthalmology practice serving East Tennesseans for over six decades, EyeCare Optical decided to branch out from its already sought-after services of providing top-rated eye care to Knoxville and East Tennessee residents by offering its very own Optique 865 line to give patients another choice in fashionable, yet affordable eyewear.

John Wolfenbarger is the Optician Supervisor at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun and EyeCare Optical. He says this new line of high-quality metal and plastic frames provides patients with not only the durability they seek in eyewear but also with very unique, fashionable options.

"These frames are very well built, very durable," he said. "These are exclusive to us. So, people know if they select a style from us, there won't be thousands of people walking up and down Gay Street with the same frames. No one else in East Tennessee carries them."

As for the distinctive designs, Wolfenbarger highlighted an interesting fact about the man responsible for producing the Optique 865 fames for EyeCare Optical.

"He was a big part of the success at Charmant, which is a major designer frame vendor for the last 40+ years," he said. "He was their frame designer, and now he designs our frames himself. So there's a lot of experience that goes into this frame design. The frames are handmade and just incredible at a very good price."

Frames and designs were hand-selected by the doctors and the opticians at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun and EyeCare Optical to be the finest available for their patients. Wolfenbarger emphasized that the hinges, in particular, were designed with the utmost durability and functionality in mind.

"They're good quality. To my knowledge, there hasn't been a single pair of them broken yet," Wolfenbarger added. "Great quality. They look good. I think the shapes are outstanding. And they're ours."

Wolfenbarger added that although the frames are backed by a 2-year limited warranty.

Wolfenbarger said EyeCare Optical is proud to serve the entire family's eye care needs all under one roof EyeCare Optical offers a wide range of designer frames in addition to Optique 865 in their on-site optical shops at six locations in East Tennessee, including North Knoxville (Fountain City), Hardin Valley, Oak Ridge, Farragut, Maryville, and Sevierville. For more information on Optique 865 or any of the services available at EyeCare Optical, call (865) 584-0905.

Learn more: https://www.eyecareoptical-knoxville.com/optique-865-designer-eyeglass-frames/

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Colorado Doctors of Optometry Encourage Eating Nutrient Dense Foods This Holiday Season

DENVER, Colo. -- Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) are addressing nutrition and eye health in the December awareness theme Eating Your Way to Better Eye Health.

This holiday season Coloradan's can eat their way to better eye health by simply incorporating nutrient dense foods. Optometrists know that good eye health often starts with nutrition.

If an individual is nutritionally lacking in one area, it can create a snowball effect of health issues. "We can use nutrition to improve our eye health on a daily basis by choosing optimal foods to support our eyes. We can even incorporate these choices throughout the holiday season without skipping our holiday favorites. Remember moderation is key!" says Dr. Tom Cruse, Colorado Optometric Association Board President.

Colorado doctors of optometry agree that you should aim for eye health nutrition such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Zinc, Copper and Vitamins A, C, E & K.

View full story here and the key nutritional recommendations from optometrists: https://2020eyescolorado.org/holiday-edition-eating-your-way-to-good-eye-health/.

Learn about these four nutritional areas that can improve eye health:

* Reducing Inflammation with Cruciferous Vegetables

* Harnessing the Power of Lutein and Zeaxanthin

* Carotenoids and Vitamin A: Allies for Eye Health

* THE Omega-3 Fatty Acids!

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado - http://2020eyescolorado.org/.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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#2020EyesColorado Youth Art Contest Winners Announced

DENVER, Colo. -- 2020 Eyes Colorado and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) announce the winners of the #2020EyesColorado First Annual Youth Art Contest. Students grades 1-12 were invited to submit 2D artwork while reflecting on the value of their eyesight through the theme, A Beautiful Sight. The goal of the competition was to engage Colorado students in understanding the value of their eyes and their own eye health. The COA sponsored public health campaign, 2020 Eyes Colorado, seeks to increase eye health awareness throughout Colorado communities.

The contest launched in January of 2020 and due to the pandemic school shutdowns, the entry deadline was extended to October 15, 2020.

More than 170 Colorado students submitted paintings, drawings, digital art, and photography from all over the state. Many participants shared powerful insights on vision that will inspire other students to understand the value of their own vision.

Angelina Blanco, Grandview High School Senior and winner of her age group says, "To see is to experience the world in all its beauty. Without my vision, I wouldn't be able to witness sunsets, rainbows, or the smiles on others' faces-my biggest inspirations."

One winner from each age group was selected based on scoring from the judging panel. Prizes include a $200 donation to each winner's school, the high school winner receives an iPad Pro, the middle school winner receives a SketchBox Premium Subscription, and the elementary winner receives a Green Kids Craft Subscription Box.

The #2020EyesColorado Artist Award Recipients*

Winner Grades 9-12:
Angelina Blanco, Grandview High School

Winner Grades 6-8:
Sophia Orishev, Campus Middle School

Winner Grades 1-5:
Maxim Furmanov, Greenwood Elementary School

*View artwork submissions and the complete list of winners and honorable mentions here - https://2020eyescolorado.org/art-contest/

Entries were scored by local Colorado artists; Matthew Lit, photographer, designer and educator; Alexis Davina, fine arts and portraiture; Julie Babcock, artist of unusual mediums; and Dr. Matt Buchanan, a local optometrist and COA Board Member.

"The level of creativity and depth of thought that these young artists put forth in their entries, is so inspiring. What an immense privilege it was to be on the panel of judges," said Alexis Davina.

Matt Litt explains, "I was continually surprised by the uniqueness and creativity of so many of the entries - especially from the younger artists! Many entries spoke of an inherent artistic ability. What a great experience this has been."

"What an honor to look at so much beautiful creativity and art! It was exciting to see all the different ideas and themes relating to their individual seeing experiences. What a pleasure," noted Julie Babcock.

Stay tuned for the #2020EyesColorado Second Annual Youth Art Competition in 2021.

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign titled 2020 Eyes Colorado - https://2020eyescolorado.org/.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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EyeCare Optical Extends its Coverage of the Greater Knoxville Area with New Locations in Oak Ridge and Hardin Valley

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Earlier this year, EyeCare Optical expanded its reach in the greater Knoxville area by opening its seventh area office-this one in Oak Ridge-right on the heels of its sixth location opening in Hardin Valley. It's part of a plan, says the company, to make comprehensive eye care readily available for greater Knoxville residents in their own neighborhoods.

The brainchild of the venerable 50-plus-year-old East Tennessee Ophthalmology practice of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, EyeCare Optical is a new generation of vision centers designed for the convenience of East Tennesseans. The goal, says the company, is to meet the growing demand for neighborhood-based eye care by bringing Board-Certified optometrists and licensed opticians to all key communities in Knoxville and the surrounding area.

"With these new offices, we can now service about 70% of the area with patients not having to drive any more than 10 minutes to reach an EyeCare Optical location," said Dr. Philip Campbell. "With EyeCare Optical, we combine convenience with the exceptional care we built our practice upon."

EyeCare Optical provides everything from routine eye examinations and prescriptions to an extensive selection of designer frames and lens options as well as popular sunglass options. Optometrists provide corrective-lens prescriptions and contact lens fittings. Plus, patients can receive next-level care that includes screenings for cataracts and other age-related eye conditions.

Patients can also be evaluated for LASIK(r) vision correction at any EyeCare Optical office, and Ophthalmologists specializing in retina, cornea, and other diseases are available with their parent practice. Because of the affiliation with Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, an EyeCare Optical optometrist can easily refer a patient needing a higher level of care to Board-Certified Ophthalmologists.

"It's convenient, comprehensive eye care," said Dr. Campbell. "That has great appeal to many people."

He noted that EyeCare Optical offices also offer innovations like Optomap, diagnostic technology that can photograph the patient's retina, allowing eye doctors a detailed image that can be studied to identify problems or diseases early on. With Optomap, the patient doesn't have to have the dilation of his or her eyes needed for traditional retina exams, eliminating disruptions, discomfort, and downtime. The doctor and patient can review and discuss the image together, which gives the patient more information on personal eye health.

"We put new technology and new levels of care minutes away," said Dr. Campbell.

EyeCare Optical has 10 Optometrists and their locations include West Knoxville at Weisgarber Road (near the county's population center) Fountain City, Hardin Valley, Farragut, Oak Ridge, Maryville, Sevierville, and Bearden (Andes EyeCare Optical) locations.

New patients are welcome. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, visit: http://www.eyecareoptical-knoxville.com/. Walk-in patients are also welcome at all locations.

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Colorado Doctors of Optometry Announce Public Health Initiative to Keep Eye Emergencies Out of Emergency Rooms This Winter

DENVER, Colo. -- Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) have launched an October awareness initiative to educate Coloradans on Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do. This health information is currently important for Colorado communities and populations vulnerable to COVID-19 as the state approaches a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during winter.

The HPI analysis of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data shows that eye emergencies make up 1% of emergency room cases and of those reported cases 98.9% could have been handled by a local optometrist in clinic or via telehealth (*note 1). Many practices offer after hours care to address eye care emergencies making it even easier for patients to avoid emergency rooms.

COA Board President, Dr. Tom Cruse says, "During the March/April shutdown our doctors of optometry were able to stop most eye emergency cases from going to urgent care and emergency facilities, which clearly assisted in slowing the virus spread and reducing individual exposure. As usual, optometrists still have the ability to treat emergency eye cases and we want every Coloradan to know how to use our emergency services for their own health and safety."

The CDC National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) reported that overall emergency room visits declined 42% early in the pandemic, but the viral infection cases quadrupled making emergency facilities a potential risk for many Coloradans including populations that are more vulnerable to a viral infection (*note 2). Optometry's vulnerable patient population is impacted by diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, which are known to complicate COVID-19 cases (*note 3).

The October public health initiative is taking place on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #2020EyesColorado and at 2020EyesColorado.org. Colorado optometry practices across the state have also geared up to join the initiative on social media to help spread the word in their own communities.

To learn more about what to do in an eye emergency, read the newly released 2020 Eyes Colorado article Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do! - https://2020eyescolorado.org/eye-emergencies-pr/

You will learn:

* Symptoms that need immediate attention from an optometrist

* Symptoms that need an eye exam soon

* Emergencies an eye doctor can treat and what to do at home

* How to find an optometrist

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

References
*Note 1: https://www.aoa.org/documents/HPI/HCUP%20HPI%20December_2019.pdf
*Note 2: https://www.cdc.gov/nssp/index.html
*Note 3: https://www.aoa.org/AOA/Documents/Advocacy/HPI/Emergency%20Department%20Diversion%20Brief.pdf

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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