People who need to see optometrists have been reassured that many optometry services remain available, despite the current healthcare crisis caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) is asking members of the public to call ahead for advice and information, however it said that many of their needs can "continue to be met without unwanted contact".
For example, if someone loses or breaks their glasses, their optometrist can prepare new glasses for collection while observing social distancing. Similarly people can call for contact lens supplies, which can be prepared for collection without close contact.
In circumstances where people have immediate eye care concerns, they should ring their optometrist for guidance.
In cases of emergencies, optometrists will be available to examine patients, while carefully following guidelines on sterilisation, and using masks and gloves to prioritise patient safety.
Patients who need eye drops or prescriptions should phone their GP.
"The message from AOI is that any patient with eye care needs or concerns should phone their optometrist to discuss and agree a safe way that their needs can be met," commented AOI chief executive, Sean McCrave.
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