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New York Optometrist Adapts to COVID-19 Restrictions

Podcast recorded: April 10, 2020

Dr. Angela Dussan, an optometrist who owns Dussan Eye Care in Long Island, N.Y., closed her practice in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. She had only been open since December 2019 after working with Stearns Bank on equipment financing and an SBA loan. Learn how Dr. Dussan is adjusting her practice, including offering telehealth services, to accommodate patients during the pandemic.

Lessons Learned

  • Optometrists and other medical professionals are turning to telehealth to treat their patients.
  • Optometrists can provide emergency services, but not primary care, during the stay-at-home order.
  • COVID-19 precautions will change the way optometrists practice, including wearing masks during patient examinations.
  • An established relationship with a financial institution makes it easier when applying for an emergency relief loan.