Eye Surgical Associates Protocol:

updated March 2022

Screening, Masking and other important COVID information

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

  • Before entering the building, ask yourself 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 or anyone you have come into close contact with been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days?
  • If you answer yes to any of the above questions, do not enter the facility. Please return to your vehicle and call to reschedule your appointment.


  • 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 not be appropriate.
  • Patients who enter our building with a cloth mask will be given a medical grade mask to wear, preferably over their cloth mask. It must be worn so that both your nose and mouth are covered fully.

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.


  • At this time, NO VISITORS are allowed to accompany a patient to their appointment unless deemed medically necessary. This policy is in effect at our 1710 and 1610 locations.

Staff Protocol

  • To protect our patients, all ESA team members are required to self-screen prior to the start of their shift 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 located within the clinic 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.