Coronavirus (COVID19) Prevention

If you have been to a city, state or country where a community spread outbreak of the Coronavirus has been reported, please contact your medical provider. 

In order to protect the health of our patients and staff, please call and reschedule your appointment if you are showing any of these symptoms: Cough, Sore throat, Fever, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Recent onset of loss of taste or smell.

During this time of the COVID-19 outbreak, Eye Surgical Associates (ESA) has implemented enhanced infection prevention protocols to ensure a safe environment for our patients, staff, and providers. These precautionary measures are being implemented for the continued safe delivery of care at ESA.  While these measures may be an inconvenience, we ask for your patience. We believe this will be temporary and will improve as situations normalize.  Upon entering the clinic, the following protocols will be followed:

Screening Prior to Entering the Building

  • Everyone entering the clinic will be asked the following questions:
    • Have you recently had or do you currently have any of the following symptoms:
      • Cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, recent onset of loss of taste or smell.
    • Have you been in close contact with someone with an upper respiratory illness, including sore throat, cough or fever?
    • For those who live in Lincoln: Have you or anyone you have been in close contact with traveled outside of Lincoln within the past 14 days? If yes, where?
    • Have you or anyone you have come into close contact with been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you will likely be asked to reschedule.
  • In addition to the screening questions, your temperature will be taken.


  • ESA will be taking additional precautionary measures to limit the risk of exposure by following the CDC’s guidance and requiring all patients, as well as any potential visitors, to wear a clean face covering while at our facility. A homemade mask or scarf covering your mouth and nose would be appropriate.


  • At this time, only patients are allowed into the building for their appointments.  Family/friends will be asked to wait in their vehicle.  Exceptions will occur if a minor is involved or the patient is in need of a support person, which will be determined by our clinic.

During Your Visit

  • Masks must be properly worn throughout your appointment.
  • In order to maintain social distancing and remain within safety protocols, there may be times when a patient will be asked to wait in their vehicle in order to keep appropriate spacing within the clinic.

Staff Protocol

  • To protect our patients, all staff will be taking their temperatures at the start of their shift, all ESA team members are required to self-screen daily for COVID-19 symptoms. Should one of our team members exhibit any symptoms, they have been asked to refrain from coming to any of our facilities. Additionally, all staff members are required to wear a mask while at work.

This information will be updated as the situation locally, or the situation at ESA, changes. For the latest on general information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we suggest the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or calling the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at (402) 552-6645.

Thank you for your understanding, and for doing your part to keep our community safe.


What you need to know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus disease is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.  The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhun, China.   It is currently spreading through many countries, including the United States.  If you have been to a city, state or country where a community spread outbreak of the Coronavirus has been reported, please contact your medical provider.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 have been reported from mild to severe illness and may appear 2-14 days after exposure has occurred.  You can help stop the spread of this disease by knowing the signs and symptoms.

  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever
  • New onset of Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
  • Recent onset of loss of taste or smell

How is it spread?

The virus is mainly thought to be spread from person to person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Possibly through touching a surface or object that has been touched by an infected person


There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus.  The CDC recommends these everyday preventative actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw that away
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Frequently Asked Questions