The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently updated recommendations on mask usage by fully vaccinated Americans. Because asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 appears to be mostly abated by the vaccines currently available in the US, the CDC has suggested that it is now generally safe for fully vaccinated Americans to gather indoors or out without masks - except on Public Transportation and in Healthcare Facilities.
The vaccine science that informed this new CDC guidance is very exciting, but please know that at this time masks are still required in our office at all times because:
1) The updated CDC guidance still recommends universal masking for all people in healthcare facilities.
2) We have an obligation as healthcare providers to protect those vulnerable people who can't protect themselves either because they are too young to be vaccine eligible or they have an immune compromised state that makes the vaccines less effective for them.
3) California and Monterey County have not lifted their indoor mask mandates.
4) The California Department of Public Health still mandates masks in all healthcare settings.
With your safety and the safety of our staff and families in mind, we continue to maintain an array of precautions based on the CDC’s guidance related to COVID-19 management. Most importantly, for the foreseeable future we will only be allowing patients with pre-scheduled appointments to enter the office, this includes the picking up of previously ordered glasses and contact lenses, as well as all glasses adjustments, repairs and sales. If you have a current contact lens prescription and would like to have lenses shipped to your home, please feel free to call our office or visit our online contact lens shop. To schedule an appointment please call 831-250-6999. Dr. Barseghian and Dr. Fogg are also providing 24/7 care via telemedicine for all emergent needs.
Dr. Telma Barseghian, OD & Dr. Trevor Fogg, OD
Blink Optometry Carmel
217 Crossroads Blvd.
Carmel, CA 93923
Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
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