OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — For your vision and eye care needs See + Be Seen near 168th and Cornhusker Rd. is open.
"We do full eye exams, from all ages," said optometrist Dr. Adam Walter. "We manage ocular disease, whether it's an injury, or glaucoma, red eyes, things of that nature. We work with pediatric patients who maybe have some issues with vision teaming. We also do sports vision training to help athletes with their eye-hand coordination and areas like that. But most of what we do is mostly routine eye exams, people who need their yearly glasses or contact lenses updated."
When many businesses shut down mid-March due to the pandemic, See + Be Seen never fulled closed down. They remained open for patients with emergencies.
"For routine appointments, if a patient would just need a contact lens exam or just wanted to get their regular annual eye exam, we pushed that out until the governor said it was okay to start those processes again," Walter said.
Now that they are back open, they are seeing patients for all routine care as well.
"Playing catch up is a part of what we are trying to do," Walter said. "We have done a little bit of expanded hours to try and work with that to try and help patients out."
To help prevent virus spread, staff is taking extra precautions.
"Wearing masks for patients, wearing gloves for patients, checking the temperature," Walter explained. "We do a COVID screener, making sure they're not symptomatic; we try and do that before we come in, and when they come in, making sure that everything is clean."
"If we would do an eye exam every half hour, which is probably what we were scheduling them before, it's now about every 50 minutes to an hour, so doubling the time so that we could see the patient. They could finish up with everything, let them leave, clean every area that they were in, clean the rooms, cleaning what they may have touched or a pair of glasses, and then having the rooms ready for the next patient."
As patients shop around for glasses, employees quickly sanitize after them.
"We actually let the patient take out the glasses," Walter said. "Just everything they touch, they just have to leave on the table here, and then if they touch it, we just have to clean it after they're done. So we still say, touch whatever you want, just leave it off to the side, don't put it back up and then we can clean it up after them once they're done."
And for those not ready to go in yet to get new glasses or pick up their contacts, they have other options.
"There's a couple ways we can either ship it directly to the patient," Walter said. "We can often ship it to them, or we have curbside delivery where they can pull up front, they can call us and we can run out to the car with that. We've done that for contacts and glasses for patients."
See + Be Seen
9973 S. 168th Ave. Omaha, NE 68136
Monday: 9AM - 5PM
Tuesday: 11AM - 7PM
Wednesday: 9AM - 3PM
Thursday: 9AM - 5PM
Friday: 9AM - 4PM
Saturday: 9AM - 12PM