COVID-19 Update re: Stage 4 Restrictions – We are OPEN

We are monitoring the current COVID-19 situation in Victoria very closely and would like to assure our patients and referring optometrists and GPs that we remain OPEN and are continuing to provide eye health services, as advised by health authorities and RANZCO.

During this time, it is important for all patients with existing eye conditions and/or new symptoms to seek attention from an eye care specialist.  In particular, patients with chronic eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes are urged to prioritise their eye care appointments, as missed or delayed treatments can lead to irreversible vision loss.

Under the current Stage 4 Restrictions, you are permitted to leave home for medical care, including eye care, so you can still attend your scheduled appointment at our clinic. The 5km radius rule does not apply to travelling for medical care.

It is safe and appropriate to leave home for medical care.  Our doctors are also consulting by phone via telehealth, where possible.

Please note that under Stage 4 restrictions, the Victorian government has called for all non-urgent eye surgeries, including cataract surgeries, in both public and private hospitals to temporarily cease.  For our patients, this means cataract surgery, usually performed by Dr Wolfe at Beleura Private Hospital, has been deferred until further notice.  Patients requiring eye assessments for future cataract surgery can continue to be seen at our clinic.

As always, our existing infection control protocols and social distancing measures are maintained at their current high level and your safety is our top priority.

The standard precautions prevail, and if you are unwell with any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and get tested.  Maintain good hygiene – wash your hands regularly and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.  Keep your distance – remain at least 1.5 metres away from others.

How are we keeping everyone safe?  Please be sure to read our COVID-19 Visit Guidelines before leaving home so that you know what to expect when you arrive.