COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19

News and Resources for Texas Optometrists

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the Texas Optometric Association will continue to update optometrists with the latest information and guidance.

During this time of uncertainty, it's important to stay informed and actively manage your personal lives and practices. Follow this page for optometry-specific information.  You can also CLICK HERE to be directed to AOA's webpage
PCS One of our most trusted partners, Practice Compliance Solutions (PCS), has compiled a wealth of information to assist optometrists and business owners get through these tough and challenging times . CLICK HERE to access their website and COVID-19 resources.



Upcoming Webinars

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  • Keep an eye on your e-mail for future webinar opportunities
    • Click Here to view various Q & As from previous TOWN HALLS in the FAQ's section of the PCS website

Goverment Agencies

  • Click Here - Texas Health and Human Services: Coronavirus

Clinical

  • Click Here - Journal of Medical Virology Study: Evaluation of coronavirus in tears and conjunctival secretions of patients with SARS‐CoV‐2 infection
    • 30 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in China, 1 had conjunctivitis. SARS-CoV-2 was found in their ocular secretions. This suggests that SARS-CoV-2 can infect the conjunctiva and cause conjunctivitis, and virus particles are present in ocular secretions. 
  • Click Here - The New England Journal of Medicine: Clinical Characteristics of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in China
    • "Conjunctival congestion" was documented in 9 of 1,099 patients (0.8%) with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 from 30 hospitals across China.
  • Click Here - Characteristics of Ocular Findings of Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Hubei Province, China 

Practice Management

  • Click Here - Practice Compliance Solutions: Providing advice for optometrists

  • Click Here - Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services: Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program

  • Click Here - Texas Workforce Commission: Employer Benefits Services

  • Telehealth Information

Student Aid

  • Click Here - Federal Aid: Forbearance Information for Borrowers

Advocacy

  • Click Here - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Full Text
  • Click Here - Latest from the office of the Texas Governor

Texas Optometry Board

  • Click Here - Rule Changes by The Texas Optometry Board

American Optometric Association