As the situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to progress, we want to keep you informed of the changes we have made involving patient care at the NJRetina offices. Various measures are being implemented and enhanced as the situation develops, to keep the patients you have entrusted to our care and our staff safe.
As of Monday, March 16, 2020, elective patient appointments are being deferred. Patients undergoing regular anti-VEGF injections for wet AMD and other patients who are at risk of visual loss will continue to be seen. Patients are being called directly by the office to reschedule their appointments.
Similarly, all elective surgery (e.g., macular puckers) is being deferred. However, we remain available and fully capable to care for your patients now, should you feel your patient requires care that cannot be deferred. Please continue to reach out to the offices or on-call numbers as you have in the past to refer those patients to be seen.
Procedures that have been implemented to increase staff and patient safety, include:
1. All patients receive a call prior to a scheduled visit and are asked screening questions to determine if their appointment should be postponed.
2. When patients arrive for their appointment, they are instructed to call from their car and are invited into the office individually to minimize patients gathering in the waiting areas.
3. Testing schedules have been modified to streamline flow in the office.
4. Workup, testing rooms, exam rooms and waiting rooms are cleaned between patients and on a regular schedule.
5. Staff are cautioned not to travel outside of the continental U.S., but if they do, are quarantined from the office for 14 days upon return to the country.
6. Staff are instructed on the importance of hand washing and avoiding hand-to-face contact.
7. Any staff with a cough or fever are quarantined from the office until fully asymptomatic.
We continue to monitor available resources for information and guidance and use our internal resources to adjust our policies and procedures accordingly. We understand that it may be difficult to keep up with all that is happening and if any doctor or practice would like to regularly receive our COVID-19 policy updates or copies of our screening questions or other details please email us at email@example.com.
Marisa Lau, MD, is a vitreoretinal surgeon at NJ Retina. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of California Berkeley, she earned her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ where she graduated in the top of her class and was inducted into the AOA medical honor society. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at University of Pennsylvania – Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia followed by a two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Lau has held faculty appointments, serving as an instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado CU School of Medicine and assistant instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Committed to serving others, Dr. Lau worked with the local indigent population as a medical student and has volunteered her time internationally doing mission work in East Africa.
Dr. Lau has received numerous honors and awards, including the Glasgow-Rubin Commendation for Academic Achievement from the American Medical Women’s Association and the Mildred Jordan Sharp Women’s Leadership Award from the University of California-Berkeley. She has presented at national meetings including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Dr. Lau has authored numerous book chapters and original papers, in various peer-reviewed journals including JAMA Ophthalmology, Retina, and Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.