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Dr. Medeski Wins Optomerist of the Year

We are so proud that Dr. Linda Medeski has won the Optometric Physicians of Washington award for Doctor of Optometry of 2021!

From their website:

This year’s recipient of the Optometrist of the Year award has done just about everything an O.D. can do and more.

She is a champion of optometry rights and works tirelessly to make sure that we can all practice to our fullest extent. If you have ever seen her in action at Day In Olympia, you have witnessed something great. She can talk to anyone from a new first year optometry student who is coming to DIO for the first time to the top dog in any legislative chamber. She is fearless and brave and knows her stuff!There are literally 2 pages, single spaced, of all of the positions she has held within OPW. Some of the highlights are:

– Legislative keyperson- Federal legislative keyperson- Grassroots team leader- Children’s vision task force- Awards team leader- Neuro-rehab team leader- PR director- Treasurer- Secretary- Society President

And that’s just the OPW-related things that she does! This amazing doctor is also an active and vital member in both COVD: the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and NORA: the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association. She somehow also finds time to volunteer at her church as a Eucharistic minister, volunteer with the rotary association for projects like hurricane relief, work with the homeless shelter, and is a Santa’s Posse volunteer where she helps the local sheriff’s office with food, toys, and gifts during the holiday season. That would be two or three full time jobs for the average person, but this OD of the Year winner also owns and runs a successful private practice in Vancouver. She has been in practice for 30 years and has the respect and admiration of all of her peers. Truthfully, she should be the winner of the OD of the Year award every year because she is an inspiring, amazing, force of nature. Everyone who meets her is better to have known our friend and colleague, Linda Medeski.

 

What Will Optometry Practices Look Like Post-COVID?

COVID-19’s rapid sweep across the country has forced optical practices to make rapid clinical management decisions. Some optometrists temporarily shuttered their businesses due to the pandemic, while others began to offer emergency appointment services and telehealth. 

As mandatory restrictions begin to lift in many locations, optometrists are beginning to open their doors for routine care. But this time around they will implement strict social distancing guidelines and take unprecedented precautions to limit the spread of infection. 

Some of the Changes You Should Expect to See

1) Signage throughout the office spelling out new steps and protocols to ensure maximum safety for staff and patients alike.

 

2) Social distancing will be the new norm. Packed waiting rooms will be a thing of the past. Instead, clinics will be spacing out seating to reduce capacity and scheduling in longer intervals to minimize patient interactions. Some clinics may ask patients to wait in their cars until they receive a text message from the office stating that they can come in.

 

3) Certain practices will require appointments for individuals to see and try on the array of frames and sunglasses at the dispensary. Bookings will be in 15-20 minute increments, accessed by one individual at a time.

 

4) Methods will be introduced to decrease the number of surfaces a patient touches. This will include leaving the clinic’s front door open (or replacing it with a motion-activated door), facilitating cashless payments, and encouraging patients to fill out registration forms online.

 

5) Patients who aren’t feeling well or who have been in contact with someone who is ill will be asked to reschedule their appointment two to three weeks in the future.

 

6) Measuring one’s temperature at the entrance will become commonplace — this goes for both staff and patients. Though not the most reliable screening tool, as those who are asymptomatic can still spread the virus, it will identify some people who aren’t well.  Anyone registering 100.4° or above will be sent home.

 

7) There will be more time between appointments, to allow the staff to thoroughly clean and disinfect before and after each patient’s visit.

 

8) Many eye practitioners will be wearing safety goggles and face masks, particularly during any up-close contact with the patient. Patients may also be asked to wear masks.

 

9) Individuals with suspected ocular infections will be put in a special containment area.

 

10) Practices will frequently wipe down any patient area, including chairs, counters and doorknobs. Every exam room will be completely disinfected between appointments. In the dispensary, frames will be promptly disinfected after patients touch them.

 

11) Patients will be requested to wash or disinfect their hands upon entering the office and when entering different rooms. Downtown Vision Centre in Vancouver has strict hygiene and sterilization protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections. 

 

If you’re dealing with a vision or eye health issue and need to visit Downtown Vision Centre, or if you would like some more information on how we have adapted our practice due to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate in contacting us. We’ll be happy to assist you however we can.

 

Downtown Vision Centre serves patients from Vancouver, Washington.