The American Optometric Association (AOA) released a statement agreeing with the CDC’s stance that ODs should focus on urgent and emergent care to patients.
Based on the immediate health needs of a patient, doctors of optometry can and should use their professional judgment to determine the timing and course of care, including assessing patient expressed urgency, necessary preventative care, and the monitoring and refilling of prescriptions.
However, this does not mean that ODs should close their practices. Offices do not have to close down, says Barbara Horn, OD, president of the AOA. ODs should bring in someone if it is an emergency unless the patient is sick.