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Update: Visiting Your Optometrist During COVID-19


Due to the recent declaration of a national emergency, EYEcenter has decided to stop all non-essential services to help contain the spread of COVID-19. There is growing evidence that COVID-19 may be spread in the absence of symptoms. To safeguard our most vulnerable patient population and to provide our healthcare system a fighting chance to address severe cases effectively, we will be limiting care to only urgent services starting Monday, March 23rd.

We will be closing our Midtown and Folsom locations until further notice. Services that will still be available at our other three locations include:
1) Dispensing of current pending orders. (9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday).  Any materials ordered from our Midtown location may be picked up at our Citrus Heights office and materials from Folsom may be picked up at our Gold River location.
2) Medical eye emergencies and visual issues requiring immediate attention (9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday).
3) Phone services (9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday). You may email requests or questions any time to
4) Direct shipping of glasses and contact lens orders ($10 shipping fee. Please call 916-726-1818). We will also temporarily allow patients to order 3-month supplies of contacts for prescriptions that have expired in the last 60 days.
5) We will be contacting patients by phone to reschedule any non-emergency appointments.

Any materials ordered from our Midtown location may be picked up at our Citrus Heights office and materials from Folsom may be picked up at our Gold River location.

For questions, please call (916) 726-1818.

We thank you for your continued patience during these uncertain times.

-Drs. Lee, Gittins, Coen, Fuerst and the entire staff at EYEcenter.


Is your eye doctor's appointment coming up? Are you worried about going to the eye clinic during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Rest assured, keeping our patients and staff are safe is our top priority.

We anticipate that this outbreak will continue for a while, and do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs during this critical time. Our optometric clinic is prudent and has adopted specific measures to protect our patients and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19 during this time of uncertainty.

That said, guidelines for slowing the spread of this epidemic are rapidly changing. Please pay close to attention to local regulatory changes to get the most up-to-date information on whether practices can still remain open/ accept non-emergency cases. 

Here Are the Precautions Our Eye Clinic Is Taking to Limit COVID-19:

We employ a strict office policy that mandates that all eye doctors, opticians, office staff, and patients not enter if they are feeling unwell or have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19 or traveled outside of the country within the last 14 days.

The staff may ask you to wait outside rather than in the waiting area in order to protect yourself and others from any circulating germs. Furthermore, we are trying to schedule our appointments in such a way that our waiting room remains as empty as possible.

During your eye exam:

  • The eye doctor may use a special plastic barrier called a slit-lamp breath shield to block the exchange of breath between patient and doctor.
  • The optometrist may wear a mask with a plastic shield over the eyes.
  • The practitioner will wait for your slit-lamp eye exam to be over before speaking with you or answering any questions you may have.
  • We sanitize all equipment and patient contact surfaces after every use and at the end of the day.
  • We sanitize all surfaces and equipment (front desk counters, telephones, pens, door handles, waiting room chairs) with antibacterial wipes.
  • All staff members wash their hands after contact with each patient and throughout the day.
  • Our office is equipped with several sanitizing stations.
  • We request that patients sanitize their hands prior to and after trying on frames. We also make sure to clean frames that have come into contact with patients with soap and hot water.
  • If we don’t shake hands with our patients during this time, please don’t take it personally.

Please call EYEcenter Optometric at 916-727-6518 with any questions or concerns you may have. If you feel it's best for you or a member of your family to reschedule your appointment, we encourage you to do so.

To stay abreast of the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the following official health organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at
  • World Health Organization (WHO) at

Thank you and stay safe!

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EYEcenter is committed to providing a healthy environment for our visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the updates below regarding new office hours and closures.

EYEcenter Folsom will be closed starting Wednesday, March 25th. Tuesday, March 24th, materials will be available to pick up in Folsom until 5 pm. Materials may be picked up at the EYEcenter Gold River location after that date.

EYEcenter Midtown will be closed until further notice. Materials ordered from that office may be picked up at the EYEcenter Citrus Heights location.

The other three EYEcenter locations will be open for essential eye services and emergencies Monday through Friday from 9:00 am through 2:00 pm, also until further notice. We will continue to assess and update as necessary.

If you have material orders you would like us to mail to you, please give us a call . A $10 shipping fee will apply for items mailed from our office.



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