We encourage you to call your eye care professional to confirm their office is open before you seek care. Stay healthy and be well. (Posted August 6, 2020)
Our first concern is always the health and wellbeing of our members and all of the people that make up the vision care ecosystem. During these unprecedented times, we are committed to providing you with the guidance you need to focus on your health.
Since March 16th, the majority of our associates have been working remotely to ensure business continuity while we do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our leadership team is meeting daily, virtually of course, to ensure that we continue to operate seamlessly in order to serve the 37 million members who count on us. We’re here for you, ready to serve.
Individual or family plans are a cost-effective way to provide coverage between jobs. Visit visionplans.com to enroll. Plans are available in 28 states.
We are committed to serving your eye care business as we navigate the many unexpected and fluid circumstances presented by COVID-19. While eye care professional offices may have closed or have been operating with limited hours, many continue to see emergent patients either in offices or remotely. We are working tirelessly to provide you with the information you need to continue to serve your patients. You can find guidance about telemedicine coverage for essential services in the eye care professional portal.
A message from our Chief Medical Officer, Mark C. Ruchman, MD
At Versant Health, our first concern is always the health and wellbeing of our members. During times like these, I find that members are seeking information and turn to trusted organizations like ours for guidance. Here are some answers to common questions related to COVID-19 and eye health.
Do glasses protect against COVID-19?
Wearing glasses will not provide adequate barrier protection, mainly because the sides, tops and bottoms of the area around your eyes are still exposed. For those of you caring for someone who may be infected by the virus, consider wearing safety goggles for more complete protection.
Is it safe to wear contact lenses?
You may continue to wear contact lenses1, although I do encourage you to be extra vigilant about disinfecting your hands. If you find you tend to touch your eyes more often when you wear contact lenses, definitely consider wearing glasses instead. Also, be sure to wash and disinfect your hands before handling your contacts. Strictly follow the instructions for handling and care of your contact lenses as provided by your contact lens supplier.
Are there any eye related symptoms for coronavirus?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that coronavirus can cause conjunctivitis2, also known as pink eye, although it appears to be rare3. If you suspect you have pink eye and are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please call your primary care provider
Is it okay to seek routine vision care at this time?
In keeping with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are encouraged to postpone routine eye exams.
What else can I do to protect my eyes?
The best way to protect your eyes is to follow the guidelines for preventing transmission of COVID-19 set forth by the CDC. You can find detailed instructions at this link.