Coronavirus Update: Our Commitment to Health and Safety

*Update: March 23, 2020* In response to the 30-day stay-at-home order issued by local government agencies, we will only be seeing patients with urgent eye care needs until April 24th. If you are experiencing an eye-related emergency and need immediate care, please call 913-491-3330 to be connected with our on-call doctor. We’ll continue to seek guidance from local health agencies and will revise this restriction accordingly.

If you’d like to schedule a new patient consultation for April 24th or later, you can access our online booking system here. >

The safety and well-being of our patients, staff, and community are our highest priority. We have been closely monitoring the developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) both nationally and in the Kansas City metro. During this time of uncertainty, Durrie Vision continues to seek guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local health agencies as the situation evolves.

In response, Durrie Vision has enhanced its already-rigorous hygiene, cleaning, and sterilization procedures. We have outlined the steps we are taking to keep our office clean and safe below. Due to the dynamic nature of this situation, we will review and update policies and protocols as needed.

Patient Scheduling

To minimize exposure and risk of infection, we have dramatically decreased availability of appointments to ensure little to no waiting in our lobby. At check-in, patients will be immediately escorted to an exam room for care. *Update: March 23, 2020* In response to the 30-day stay-at-home order issued by local government agencies, we will only be seeing patients with urgent eye care needs until April 24th. If you are experiencing an eye-related emergency and need immediate care, please call 913-491-3330 to be connected with our on-call doctor. We’ll continue to seek guidance from local health agencies and will revise this restriction accordingly.

Exam Rooms

All exam, pre- and post-operative rooms are cleaned and sanitized after each use. This includes all equipment, tools, and surfaces staff, patients, or visitors come in contact with.

Surgical Suites

Durrie Vision maintains the highest standard of cleaning protocols for all surgical suites, which includes sterilization of all equipment after each use. Surgical staff follows CDC hand-washing guidelines for healthcare professionals and wears a hat and mask at all times.

General Housekeeping

All common areas are cleaned and disinfected frequently, with extra attention to often-touched areas such as countertops, door handles, phones, water/coffee stations, furniture, etc.  We have increased accessibility to all cleaning and sanitization supplies throughout the office to promote frequent use. Please don’t hesitate to ask for hand sanitizer or a disinfectant wipe at any time.

Staff Measures

As healthcare professionals, all Durrie Vision staff members employ best practices with regard to personal hygiene and their responsibility in helping to reduce risk of infection and spread of disease. Employees are required to follow proper hand washing protocols at all times. Furthermore, we have encouraged employees to be generous with their use of antibacterial wipes in all areas of the office.

What you can do to help

If you are feeling sick, please reschedule your appointment for a later date. At check-in, patients will be asked the following:

  1. In the last 48 hours, have you or someone you have been in contact with experienced a fever, lingering cough or shortness of breath due to a cough?
  2. In the last 4 weeks, have you or someone you have been in contact with traveled outside of the United States?

If indicating yes on either of the above, we will help you reschedule your appointment. Patients who are coughing or sneezing due to allergies will be provided with a face mask for the duration of their visit.

Practice good hygiene. Hand-washing is your best defense against the spread of disease. The CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. For more information on preventative measures, please visit the CDC’s website.

CDC: Steps to prevent illness

We want you to feel assured in visiting our office whether it be for a general health-of-eye exam, refractive evaluation, or surgical procedure. If you have any questions regarding our cleaning and sterilization protocols, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our staff members. Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep our staff, other patients, and communities safe.