COVID-19 Concerns

Shepard Eye Center doctors

Dear Patient,
At our eye center, the health of our patients is our top priority. We understand there are growing concerns around Coronavirus (COVID-19) so we wanted to update you on our hygiene recommendations based on the latest CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines.

We also want you to have confidence that we are doing our very best to ensure that your health and safety as well as the health and safety of our staff remains priority. We are following all the requirements by OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control. As a state-of-the-art medical facility, we have always had infectious disease control protocols, but we have increased our focus on safety even more with the recent virus outbreak with new infectious control procedures.

Per the recommendations of Governor Newsom, we are recommending that all patients 65 and older reschedule their appointments if they are not urgent. We recommend rescheduling between 1-2 months out at this time.

What we recommend for all our patients:

  • If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you stay at home and rest. Please call and reschedule your appointment at your earliest convenience.

  • Upon entering our clinic prior to your appointment, please use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water. We also have hand sanitizer
    available at all of our front desks.

  • Avoid touching your face. Limiting this will keep yourself, and others, healthy.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Avoid shaking hands and hugging others to avoid the spread of any virus.

  • Face-masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 only. If you are healthy, you do not need a face-mask. Masks are vital for protecting healthcare providers who work with sick patients.

  • Know the signs and symptoms: fever, weakness, malaise, and shortness of breath. It is lower respiratory focused, not upper like the typical runny nose/sore through/congestion symptoms.

What we are doing in our practice to help protect our patients:

  • We are closely monitoring the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding the Coronavirus.

  • We have enhanced the cleaning of our facilities, including paying special attention to waiting room areas, patient exam rooms, bathrooms, door knobs. We are also cleaning our facilities more frequently with recommended sanitizing products.

  • We are instructing any of our employees who feel ill to stay home. We are also instructing all our employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

If you've been affected by COVID-19 and need to reschedule your appointment, please contact your scheduled location by phone.

Shepard Eye Center
910 E. Stowell Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-2637

Kendall-Shepard Eye Center
425 W. Central Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 736-2020

Santa Ynez Valley Eye Care & Surgery
2040 Viborg Rd, Ste. 240, Solvang, CA, 93463
(805) 688-0707

Your health is our highest property and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team here at Shepard Eye Center.

Kenneth Kendall, OD
CEO, Elite Eyecare Medical Group LLC

For More Information, please visit the following links:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Page
U.S. National Library of Medicine Coronavirus Page
World Health Organization Coronavirus Page