Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020. 4:29 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Covid-19 is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime and we continue to monitor and respond to its effects during this difficult period.
Courts Optical prioritizes the health and wellbeing of their staff and patients and has taken the last few weeks to adjust their operations with new protocols and procedures.
Courts Optical says that changes have been made in how they conduct appointment bookings and walk-ins.
Specific steps have also been implemented upon arrival, as well as for eye-testing, fitting of glasses and pick-ups.
The branches which have implemented these protocols and procedures are Optical Belize City and Optical Belmopan.
These stores will be opened on Mondays–Saturdays. Mondays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturdays from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
Amendments to booking appointments
Patients will be interviewed concerning health and travel movements at the point of appointment bookings, and upon arrival at the branch. This will include asking about any flu-like symptoms, respiratory issues, fever etc. If any doubts arise regarding the health or travel movements of customers, appointments will be re-scheduled to another time that is safe for all. Appointment sessions will run for 30 minutes and will be made by date and the availability of Optometrists. If patients require accompaniment to their appointment, only one person will be allowed to do so, to minimize the number of individuals who will enter the store. Additionally, to comply with social distancing protocol, patients will be asked to wait outside if there are already 3 persons in the branch. Walk-ins will be accepted but those who have made appointments will take precedence. Appointments can be made via our online platform at www.courtsoptical.com or through our Call Centre at 223-3482.
Arrival at Branch
Upon arrival, all persons entering the store must have their hands sanitized. Optometrists, staff and patients will be provided with masks for use while inside the branch. Inquiries will again be made of patients concerning their travel movements/history and health as it relates to Covid-19 type symptoms.
The temperature of all persons coming into the branch will be checked and if any are found to have high temperatures, then appointments will be rescheduled.
Sanitization of Pre-Testing and Testing Equipment
All pre-test equipment will be sanitized in the presence of patients before use. Optometrists will also sanitize test room equipment in the presence of patients before use for the greatest transparency.
Choosing and fitting of glasses
The instruments used for choosing and fitting glasses will be sanitized in the presence of patients before they are used and before trying any frame. Patients coming to collect, will have their glasses also sanitized before they are fitted.
The wearing of masks is now mandatory for all; to include staff and patients, once entering the store.
Patients entering the store without a mask will be provided with one and all staff members (doctors and support staff) will wear masks and gloves.
Gloves will be changed in the presence of the patient. In addition to the above, we have increased our cleaning process so that counters and surfaces which are used often will be sanitized on a frequent basis. We encourage you to prioritize your health; wash hands or sanitize often, stay 6 feet apart when you go into public spaces and enjoy spending time with your loved ones as we go through this challenging period together.
Courts Optical’s customer service team at 223-3482 is ready to serve you and can answer any questions you may have.
“Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to serving you soon at one of our locations. Stay safe and stay positive as we continue to provide value you can see,”- Courts Optical.
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