During these unprecedented times, many Americans are in need of their routinely scheduled medical checkups and vision exams to promote the best ongoing health and comfort. New safety regulations can make it challenging trying to cut your hair, shop for groceries, or even hike your favorite trail. Signature Optometry of Fresno has now become Signature Spex-i-Wear Optometry, offering the same great frames under an updated name. Our local eye doctors are focused on your long-term eye health, and are ready to create a personalized patient plan to ensure you receive the best care.

Proper eye care during the coronavirus restrictions can prove challenging, but Signature Spex-i-Wear Optometry is now open for appointments only. Keep reading to learn about our approach to ensuring your safety, as well as a few frequently asked questions to help you plan accordingly. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions!

Is it safe to go to the eye doctor?

Much like going to the grocery store or gas station, visiting your eye doctor is a normal activity with a few inherent risks. However, guidelines from the CDC and California Optometric Association help to ensure that our optometrist’s office is as safe as possible. We rely on a proven disinfectant for all exposed services, and have a system to ensure that all equipment is cleaned before and after use. Patients will also need to answer a COVID screening questionnaire to minimize the risk of transmission.

Should I put off eye care unless it is an emergency?

Certainly not. Unprecedented global changes have forced many medical professionals to adapt, and our eye doctors are no different. We recommend you schedule your routine care, whether that includes an updated prescription for new contacts, health exams to treat specific conditions, or anything in between. Staying informed of your vision and eye health can help to prevent future problems and minimize any potential risks.

What services can I receive from your office?

While our approach has certainly changed, the comprehensive quality offered by Signature Spex-i-Wear Optometry stays the same. Our Fresno optometrists are working diligently to provide the fullest range of optical services, including:

  • In-office visits
  • Routine services
  • Emergency eye care
  • Specialty treatments
  • Dry eye clinic
  • Frame selection
  • Curbside pickup

Are there ways I can help to further protect myself?

In addition to the comprehensive precautions taken by our optometrists in Fresno, you can deploy a range of techniques to help minimize your odds of becoming ill and passing the germs onto others. A few tips to help you prepare for your appointment include:

  • Frequent hand washing — Proper washing of the hands can prove to be one of the most effective forms of protection against harmful germs and bacteria. Be sure to wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds), especially if you are returning from a public place or entering a private setting.
  • Avoid touching your face — Dealing with an eye issue can make it challenging to resist touching your face, but we recommend actively focusing on this task to minimize the chances of coming into contact with harmful germs through the mucous membrane.
  • Keep your mask on — Statistics are showing the effectiveness of masks in reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • Keep your distance — Social distancing is one of the best effective ways to reduce the transmission of illness. Be sure to keep at least six feet in between you and others (regardless of facial coverings!).
  • Stay on guard — It’s important to notify your physician if you or anyone in your house begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19. If you are dealing with a fever, cough, runny nose, or loss of sense of smell or taste, minimize any exposure until you can follow up with your doctor.

During these unprecedented times, Signature Spex-i-Wear Optometry is here to provide support and peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more about our eye care services in Fresno, and be sure to schedule your appointment to meet our optometrist!