As of March 18, the CDC recommended that all routine eye care be deferred until further notice, in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 through our community.
Please be assured that we are still available to triage all urgent and emergent issues as well as help you with routine matters during this challenging time.
What does this mean?
1) If you are scheduled for an annual eye examination we will tentatively reschedule you starting April 14th.
2) If you need to replace glasses or contact lenses, please contact us and we will assist you in obtaining some until you can come in for a visit.
3) If you are running out of a medication please contact us and we can transmit a refill electronically to your pharmacy.
4) If you have an issue which cannot wait for an office visit, contact us and we will schedule a Skype or telephone appointment with one of our doctors. Medicare has temporarily relaxed its telehealth rules to allow this type of communication during the pandemic crisis. Other insurers may follow suit and allow for reimbursement of virtual care costs. The consultation must be initiated at your request.
5) If you have an ocular emergency we are, as always, available to help you at any time. Call 719-477-0274. Dr. Fedders will do her best to meet you in the office whenever possible. If not we will direct you to the nearest eye emergency facility.
6) During this period of social distancing, we must all do our part by restricting activities outside the home.
7) Please remember that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and resolve within a week. However, if you feel your symptoms are worsening, call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office or emergency department and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
The CDC has many wonderful resources. Arming yourself and your family with clear information will help you avoid undue stress.
We have asked our staff to stay home until further notice to protect them and our patients.
Together we will weather this storm.
With sincerest wishes for your continued good health we remain at your service,
Great Eye Care in Colorado Springs
Eyes are important indicators of overall health, and comprehensive eye care goes beyond a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Kara Fedders takes the time to get to know you, your eye care history, and your vision needs. Our eye doctor provides the expert care, advice, options, and follow up you need whether you are a new patient or an existing one.
Dr. Fedders enjoys fitting contact lenses, especially specialty contacts, and has new diagnostic tests to detect and treat dry eyes. Dry eyes is a huge issue in our dry mountain climate and we have the solutions and relief for you. We have a Tear-lab and Inflamadry, two cutting edge products to battle dry eye. Dr. Fedders is here for pre and post-surgery care for glaucoma and she treats all different types of eye emergencies. Our comprehensive eye exams feature the use of the optomap, an anterior and posterior camera, which takes pictures of front and back of the eye so we can diagnose and give you the best care possible.
Located inside the Walmart on 8th Ave. in Colorado Springs, Dr. Fedders treats patients from Colorado Springs, Cascade, Divide, Woodland Park, Manitou Springs, and the surrounding communities. Our office is conveniently located inside Walmart on South 8th Street in Colorado Springs – schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Kara Fedders believes strongly in giving back to the community and caring for the eyes of all those in need. She enjoys participating in outreach programs and also collects donations of eyeglasses & sunglasses and delivers them to those in need.
Dr. Fedders led a mission of 10 volunteers to provide eye care in Natuvu Creek, Fiji.
Q&A Dr. Kara Fedders Answers Your Eyecare Questions
Q: Do you have any recommendations for people to help them avoid Dry Eye issues?
A: Remember to blink! Normally you blink about 15 times per minute. When you are working on a computer your blink rate can drop to 3 times per minute. Follow the 20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and look across the room to relax your eyes, and blink. Stay hydrated and take 1000 mg of fish oil each day.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults between the ages of 20 and 74. Between the years 2005 and 2008, 4.2 million diabetes patients in the United States developed a serious diabetes-related eye condition called diabetic retinopathy.
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