Dr. Nadine Shelton
COVID-19 and your Eyes
A virus, like COVID-19 will enter the body via a mucus membrane, which means through your nose, mouth and eyes. This is why it is important to wash your hands using proper hand washing techniques. Scrub your hands for 20 seconds with a good lather of soap and make sure the soap goes on all the surfaces of the hands and not just the palms. Then rinse with warm water and pat dry with a paper tower. As the COVID-19 virus is able to live on hard surfaces such as door handles and counter tops, it is important to wash your hands frequently if you are out in public or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Contact Lens Safety
It is still safe to wear contact lenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is more important than even to wash your hands thoroughly before and after taking out your contact lenses. It is also important to clean and store our contact lenses properly using approved contact lens solutions and a clean case. Do call or email you optometrist, if you are running out of contact lenses and want to order more. We will be able to take payment over the phone and ship your lenses directly to you free of charge. It is safe and a good way to maintain the current practice of social distancing.
Optometry and COVID-19
During the pandemic, optometrists are restricted in their scope of practice and can only see patients with eye care or eye wear emergencies. Red eyes, eye infections, scratched eyes, loss of vision, distorted vision, eye pain or even broken glasses that require repair or replacement are good examples of common eye emergencies. Some eye issues may be dealt with over the phone, so call your optometrist to talk about your eye emergency before coming in as your condition may require an in person assessment. Know that your optometrist can send you directly to the eye surgeons’ office, if there is an issue that requires further attention, in order to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospitals.
Eye Care at nv
Here at nv eye care & eye wear we are open for your eye emergencies and will be limiting one patient/family in the office at a time. It is best to call ahead or email to ensure we are not busy helping someone else. Please have a seat outside until we are done helping our present patient, if you arrive at our office and the door is locked. Once our patient leaves, we then take the time to properly disinfect all surfaces that were touched by them.
You will be directed to call the Misericordia Urgent Eye Care Clinic at 204-774-6581, if you are feeling sick, have traveled outside the province or country in the last 14 days or have been with a person who has. You must call us to reschedule any appointments you have made with us, if you are feeling sick. Please call the Misericordia Urgent Eye Care Clinic at 204-774-6581, for after hours care.
Do not hesitate to call or email us at nv eye care & eye wear, if you have any questions. We are here for your eye care needs during these difficult times.
Eye Care Advice
Call me at nv eye care eye wear for an eye exam, if you have any questions about the information above. Patient visits with eye concerns are always covered for Manitoba residents. For more answers to your vision health questions, please contact me, Dr. Nadine Shelton at nv eye care eye wear, 204-504-6863 or visit our website at nvmyeyes.com
Dr. Nadine Shelton B.Sc, O.D. studied at University of Winnipeg, Canada and Indiana University, USA. She has worked abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico assisting outreach patient eye care with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity). Her university days focused on early child eye care and low vision. Dr. Shelton has spent almost nine years in South St.Vital growing her practice. She has recently opened her new own practice with her partner Victor Lopes in the heart of the Corydon Village called nv. nv is a full service optical where eye exams are available and a great selection of unique to the city eye wear can be found. Learn more at nvmyeyes.com, call us at (204) 504-6863 or come see us at 100-698 Corydon Ave in Winnipeg, Canada.