COVID-19 Patient Screening
On 5/4/20 we are reopening clinics to non-urgent visits and procedures with a phased and graded approach emphasizing social distancing practices and meticulous hygiene to minimize the spread of COVID-19. These policies are based on guidelines mandated by the Texas Medical Board and local healthcare authorities.
We will continue to prioritize urgent clinic visits and procedures, increasing clinic volumes slowly, and maintaining physical distancing in the waiting areas. The screening protocol that has been in place for all patients and visitors to the clinic will continue. To minimize the risk of exposure, we are asking that you please come by yourself if possible or with no more than one visitor. Children and minors coming for visits are to be accompanied by no more than one parent or guardian.
The official protocol is as follows:
Upon entry to the clinic, all patients and visitors will be asked exposure related questions and have their temperature screened. If there is positive exposure or a fever you will be asked to contact your doctor and receive appropriate clearance prior to having your appointment rescheduled at least two weeks in the future.
Patients and visitors entering the clinic will be given a face mask if they do not already have one and will be asked to use hand sanitizer upon entry to the clinic.
We will be spacing chairs appropriately in the waiting rooms and patients and visitors will be able to wait in their car or remotely to be contacted for their appointment when ready.
If you develop signs and symptoms of respiratory illness at any time between now and your scheduled appointment, please contact your doctor for appropriate screening measures. We kindly ask that you provide us with clearance from your doctor or a health care provider prior to rescheduling your appointment.
This is an evolving situation and we will keep you abreast of changes to the screening protocol or any other developments as they are available. Please see the below links for more information from the CDC about COVID-19 and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for its guidance on eye care during this outbreak.
For COVID-19 information the Houston area.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these unprecedented times. We look forward to continuing to take care of your eye care needs.
“The mission of the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic is to assure that each patient receives the best eye care possible by a combination of professional expertise and the latest in ophthalmic equipment. Our modern facility is designed to make efficient use of space and human resources,” according to Dr. Ruiz.
Patients come to the Cizik Eye Clinic not only from the greater Houston area and throughout Texas, but also from all across the United States and around the world. The Eye Clinic’s affiliation with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston gives patients the benefit of treatment that draws from the Texas Medical Center and its superb research, development of new techniques, and high-tech equipment for diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and continuing therapy.
In addition to the highly qualified, experienced physicians and eye care specialists, the Eye Clinic has a friendly, efficient, and caring staff to ensure a satisfactory experience for every patient. It is designed to maximize patient flow for examination, special tests, and contact lens fitting.
Clinical care services at the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic include 26 examination rooms, two operating rooms, laser suites, ophthalmic imaging, electro-diagnostics, and a low vision and visual rehabilitation unit. In addition, we have recently opened a pediatric ophthalmology suite with 4 examination lanes specifically for our youngest patients.
We have a team of highly skilled eye care specialists committed to exceptional patient care and available to see patients with virtually any eye disorder. They offer a full range of services including routine eye examinations, the most advanced eye surgery, and specialized ophthalmic testing, all provided in an efficient, cost effective, and caring manner.
The practice of ophthalmology today is based on a growing body of medical knowledge and technology. With this growth has come the need for increased specialization, and in turn, a collaborative effort in the care of patients. although small in size, the eye is complex and represents a variety of tissue types functioning together as a unit – skin, muscle, glandular tissue, fat, pigmented tissue, collagen, protein, blood vessels, and brain tissue. The eye is located in a bony cavity called the orbit, surrounded by the sinuses, nose, and brain. With the multiplicity of tissue types and the complex structures around it, there is a need for sub-specialization and collaborative efforts with other specialists.
The ophthalmic sub-specialties represented in the Cizik Eye Clinic, include ophthalmic plastic, reconstruc-tive and orbital surgery, corneal and external disease, glaucoma, retina and vitreous, pediatric ophthalmology, and neuro-ophthalmology. Collaboration among the sub-specialists routinely occurs in the care of complicated eye conditions. The ophthalmic plastic surgeon consults with a corneal specialist regarding a burn victim, or the neuro-ophthalmologist consults with a retinal specialist regarding a rare hereditary retinopathy. This is the practice of ophthalmology at its best. The eye is part of the whole patient, and we at the Cizik Eye Center constantly use other physician specialists, laboratories, and the top-notch facilities of Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
All of the physicians at the Cizik Eye Clinic are faculty members in the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. All are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and are on the medical staffs of numerous facilities, most notably that of Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.