May 19, 2020
Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-51 on May 5, 2020 outlining the need to continue social distancing, use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and safe practices but to emerge from the COVID-19 challenge with optometric procedures that should not be delayed.
Minnesotans are encouraged to continue to practice COVID-19 safeguards but may schedule procedures if postponing could potentially negatively impact your health. A plan has been developed for all Minnesota Optometrists to safely provide services to you. It is expected that each Optometrist will have their own polices covering the essential items available in their clinic and abide by those infection control and mitigation procedures. Please ask your professional Optometrist to clarify any specific optometric related questions.
May 19, 2020
Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-51, effective on May 10, 2020 as found in the link below.
The Minnesota Optometric Association (MOA) drafted the Best Practices document based on previous information and the Minnesota Board of Optometry (MBO) reviewed the Best Practices document from a consumer/public safety lens. The current "Path Forward for Optometry in Minnesota--COVID 19 Preparedness Plan" will remain on the MOA site as the single source for best practices and establishing the community standard with the link below.
Optometrists are expected to follow the Executive Order and use the Best Practices document to guide your internal policy. You must follow those procedures as identified.
The Board continues to follow the single source expertise of the:
Minnesota's Doctors of Optometry provide essential health care to citizens for optometry services who continue to rely on your expertise to safely manage during this crisis. We thank you for taking precautions to protect you, your staff and 75% of all Minnesotans who rely on you for their optometric care and expertise.