Important Patient Safety Information: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Important Coronavirus Update

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A New Standard in Patient Care

As our state begins a gradual approach to reopening health care services, we remain committed to keeping our patients, staff and community in good health. We want to thank you for your patience and cooperation in helping us curb the spread of COVID-19 over the past couple of months.

You can feel confident with a visit to our offices knowing we have revisited every step in your journey, with your safety and that of our medical team in mind. We are evaluating new regulations as they emerge to ensure compliance with the latest guidance from state and local authorities.

 

WHAT IS THE STAFF DOING DIFFERENTLY TO PROTECT ME?

All doctors and staff are required to take dedicated training courses prior to returning to work for patient care. This training was designed with safety in mind and touches on every step in the patient journey. Our team is also required to submit to a basic screening at the beginning of every shift, prior to reporting to work and also upon arrival at the office. This includes:

  • Temperature Check. Temperature should be taken prior to reporting to work. Employees reporting a temperature at or exceeding 100.0F will not report to work.
  • Evaluation of Signs or Symptoms. Self reporting of any COVID-19 related symptoms, including fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell/taste, diarrhea, or extended exposure to an individual with COVID-19. Employees exhibiting signs or symptoms will not report to work.

Employees must be able to honestly provide the desired answers to remain at work.

Employees must sanitize hands and put on approved PPE prior to entering the office. Masks will be worn by all staff, regardless of their role in patient care. Gloves will be worn by all staff who have direct patient contact.

We have limited each of our provider schedules to allow only the minimum number of people in the office at one time. Our eye doctors will see fewer patients per day in order to comply with state guidelines on occupancy and social distancing. This is best for all patients and employees, regardless of age or risk level as it reduces interaction in every hour we are open.

 

WHAT TO DO PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT

We encourage patients and anyone accompanying a patient to bring their own mask or cloth face covering and wear it throughout the duration of the visit. 

It is important to note that only patients are allowed inside the practice. If the patient is a minor or otherwise in need of assistance, ONE person may accompany the patient—all others will be asked to wait outside or in their car. Additional guests will be granted access only after also completing the required pre-screening assessment (detailed in the following section) and are asked to also bring a mask to the office visit. If these conditions are not met by the person accompanying a minor or those requiring other assistance, the appointment for that patient will need to be rescheduled.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT UPON ARRIVAL AT THE OFFICE

Patients and visitors should be wearing their own mask or cloth face covering upon arrival to the facility (as communicated to them prior to their appointment). If not, they will be offered a mask or cloth face covering as supplies allow, which should be worn while they are in the facility. Masks do not need to be placed on children under the age of 2, on anyone who has trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. If a patient chooses not to wear a mask, he or she may be asked to reschedule their appointment to a future date.

You will be asked to check in with the designated Compliance Officer when you arrive. This person will ask you to and anyone accompanying you to sanitize your hands, submit to a temperature check and conduct the health assessment questionnaire prior to checking in for your appointment.

You will be required to sign a consent form prior to seeing the doctor, and will be provided with a pen that has been disinfected between every use. Our front desk staff will discard that pen into a designated bin for disinfection prior to its use by anyone else.

Watch for designated markings on the floor to maintain the recommended 6 feet apart for social distancing.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR VISIT

All equipment or tools used throughout the pre-testing process and while in the exam lane will be disinfected between every patient encounter.

We’ve put a lot of thought into the new process of picking out your new eyeglasses too! Each patient will be asked to sit in the frame dispensary and work with their optician to find the frames they wish to try on. Our staff will be wearing gloves and will bring as many frames to you as you like. Any frames touched by you or the optical staff will be set aside in a designated bin for disinfection prior to returning to the frame board.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN PICKING UP EYEWEAR

As with new guidelines surrounding the eye exam process, we ask that only the patient enter the office to pick up eyewear. While we are not requiring an appointment to pick up eyewear at this time, some larger offices may do so if volume becomes too large. 

You may be asked to wait briefly either outside or in your car if the occupancy limit of the office has been met. All patients will be signed in and fit with their product, and eyeglass frames and cases will be wiped down prior to finalizing the dispensing of frames. 

Our offices will do their best to also allow for curbside dispensing if occupancy limits do not allow entry. We will also ship any pair of eyeglasses to patients who are unable to visit us in person, upon completion of a 5 point inspection when received from the lab.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep our office a safe space for everyone. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your appointment,

Buy One, Get One 50% Off!

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Now through April 30, 2020, Grene Vision Group is offering its Buy One Get One 50% promotion on prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Now is a great time to purchase a second pair! With our busy lives, we go from activity to activity, and you may want computer glasses while working, polarized sunglasses for driving and outdoor activities, and reading glasses for checking your phone. We have the perfect frames and lenses for you and your many activities.May use vision insurance on first pair. Some restrictions may apply.

 

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GVG Welcomes Optometrist

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Grene Vision Group welcomes Lacey D. Hedges, OD. She provides family optometry services, with an emphasis on contact lenses.

Dr. Hedges is a native Kansan, growing up in a small town in southeast Kansas. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, she attended optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Hedges practiced optometry in Alaska the last few years, but is excited to be back in Kansas to be closer to family.

She is accepting patients at the Grene Vision Group offices at 1851 North Webb Road in Wichita (316-636-2010) and at 2701 North Main in Hutchinson (620-663-8700).

To learn more about Dr. Hedges, visit here.

Optometrist Joins Grene Vision Group

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Grene Vision Group welcomes Anthony J. Taylor, OD, FAAO.

Dr. Taylor works closely with Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD, Grene Vision Group ophthalmologist, to provide cornea services. Dr. Taylor also provides optometric services for the entire family.

He grew up in rural western Kansas and graduated from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s in Biology. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Northeastern State Oklahoma College of Optometry in 2012. He joined a private practice in Hays, KS, where he practiced until joining Grene Vision Group in January 2020.

Dr. Taylor is board certified by the American Board of Optometry and is a proud Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is also a member of the International Keratoconus Academy, Kansas Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, mountain biking, watching sports and barbecuing.

To learn more about Dr. Taylor, visit here.

GVG Alters Office Hours during Holiday Season

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All Grene Vision Group locations are closed December 24, 25 and January 1. Many of the offices are closed or have altered hours during the remaining days of the holiday season. Please contact the location for more information.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Grene Vision Group!

GVG Employees Earn Service Awards

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Congratulations to the 37 Grene Vision Group employees who received service awards during Friday's annual holiday party at the Wichita Marriott: 25 Years - Jodie McDonald, Teri Prouse; 20 Years - Mary Kay Alloway, Michelle Anderson, Lisa Arebalo, Ann Harvey, Alicia Nagle, Rita Norrick; 15 Years - Tami Burgey, Laurie Looper; 10 Years - Cathy Bacon, Billie Davis, Tammy Foster, Candace Murphy, Kimberly Richter, Susan Shepherd, Sandra Tobias, Tally Vanzant; 5 Years - Lisa Beran, Don Carey, Regina Combs, Sherrie Helm, Emily Hemberger, Misti Ingram, Carrie Klitzing, Kristin Le, Kayla Locke, Chassey McArthur, Kathy Mertens, Estela Rodrigez, Ingrid Romero, Amanda Ryan, Patricia Sears, Liz Stapleford, Chelcee Stewart, Samantha Stull and Alexis Zabalza.

Grene Vision Group Service Awards 2019

GVG Sponsoring Jingle Bell Run to Benefit Arthritis Foundation

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Grene Vision Group once again is a proud sponsor of this year's Jingle Bell Run on Saturday, December 14 at Wichita's Exploration Place to support the Arthritis Foundation. Be part of the longest-running, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere – and fight with us to conquer arthritis!

Having inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis doesn’t just affect your joints. Because these diseases impact the immune system, they can cause symptoms all over your body — including your eyes — with a condition called uveitis.

The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer … and be a Champion of Yes! 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause.

For more help or information about the 2019 Jingle Bell Run - Wichita, visit here or contact Steve Rock at srock@arthritis.org or call 913-369-4224.

Wichita Jingle Bell Run

Retina Specialist Joins Grene Vision Group

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Grene Vision Group welcomes Wichita native Diana M. Leitner, MD.

Dr. Leitner is a fellowship-trained medical retina specialist and vitreoretinal surgeon. She specializes in both office-based and surgical care of the retina and vitreous, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions, retinal detachments, uveitis and inflammatory eye disease.

She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in physics, and earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas. She completed her internship at the University of Kansas-Wichita, and completed ophthalmology residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, where she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Leitner completed her fellowship in Medical Retina at Duke Medical Center and her fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center.

Dr. Leitner is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). In her free time, she enjoys handcrafts and camping. She is excited to be back in Wichita.

She sees patients at 655 North Woodlawn and 1277 North Maize Road in Wichita and at 1708 East 23rd Avenue in Hutchinson.

Diana M. Leitner, MD

GVG Major Sponsor for Let's Move Kansas

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Grene Vision Group is the Platinum Sponsor for the sixth annual “Let’s Move, Kansas” 5K run and 1.5 mile walk on Saturday, October 19 at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. The event benefits the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation (KAFP-F) is the philanthropic arm of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. The mission is to promote the philosophy of family medicine, research, and education of Kansas Family Physicians. Contributions provide support for Kansas programs involving pre-medical & medical students and family medicine residents.

For more information and to register, click here.

Let's Move, Kansas!

GVG Ophthalmologists Named Best Doctors®

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Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD, and Samuel W. Amstutz, MD, Grene Vision Group ophthalmologists, once again were named Best Doctors®. The 2019 award was announced by the Wichita Business Journal and all honorees were recognized at a special dinner October 10. Dr. Gangadhar's subspecialties include Corneal Transplantation, Cataract and Lens Implant Surgery, and Cornea and External Disease. Dr. Amstutz's subspecialties include Cosmetic and Functional Eyelid Surgery, Tear Duct and Orbital Disorders, and Cataract and Lens Implant Surgery. 

Best Doctors serves more than 30 million members in countries across the world.  For 28 years, Best Doctors has asked physicians to identify the doctors they consider the leaders in their field. Today, their peer-selected network has more than 53,000 medical experts in over 450 specialties and subspecialties.

Congratulations Dr. Gangadhar and Dr. Amstutz!

GVG the V1P Sponsor for JDRF Wichita One Walk

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Grene Vision Group is proud to once again be the V1P Sponsor for the JDRF Wichita One Walk on Saturday, October 5 at Exploration Place. Grene Vision Group and Miss Kansas Annika Wooton look forward to seeing everyone and meeting all the V1Ps and their families.

Registration begins at 9 am and the 1- to 3-mile walk starts at 10 am.

JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We know you want to make a cure a reality too—and we can't wait for you to join us!

When you participate in the JDRF Wichita One Walk, the money you raise supports life-changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help turn Type One into Type None.

For more information, click here.

GVG Offering BOGO 50% Promotion on Eyewear

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Now through November 2, 2019, Grene Vision Group is offering its Buy One Get One 50% promotion on prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Now is a great time to purchase a second pair! With our busy lives, we go from activity to activity, and you may want computer glasses while working, polarized sunglasses for driving and outdoor activities, and reading glasses for checking your phone. We have the perfect frames and lenses for you and your many activities.May use vision insurance on first pair. Some restrictions may apply.

Buy One Get One 50% Off!

GVG Schedules Hiring Event for September 4

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Grene Vision Group is growing! Join us for a hiring event on Wednesday, September 4 at the Grene Vision Group location at 1851 North Webb Road in Wichita. Bring your resume and be prepared to interview!

View open positions by visiting https://www.grenevisiongroup.com/careers.

 

GVG Hiring Event September 4

It's Back to School Time!

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The school years fly by, so make sure your children Never Miss A Moment. As you make Back to School preparations for your children, don't forget to schedule an eye exam at Grene Vision Group. Their eyesight is essential for learning, and many vision problems can go undetected without a thorough eye exam.

Now through August 31 -- with every purchase of children's eyeglasses -- Grene Vision Group will provide a Free Protection Plan. Outside prescriptions welcome.

It's Back To School Time!

Several GVG Offices Closed July 5

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The following Grene Vision Group locations will be closed Friday, July 5.

Andover
Anthony
Augusta
Buhler
Derby
El Dorado
Fredonia
Hutchinson-West
Lyons
Neodesha
Wellington
Wichita-Central
Wichita-Harry and Rock
Wichita-Seneca
Wichita-Woodlawn (Clinic open; Optical closed)
Yates Center

GVG Longtime Sponsor for ADA Tour de Cure

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Grene Vision Group is an 11-year sponsor of the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Ride, Run, Walk. GVG will be the Activity Zone sponsor for this year's event, set for Satuday, July 20 at Hartman Arena in Park City.

Sign up now to support the 2019 American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure - Wichita. For more information, click here We hope to see you there! #goredriders #goredstriders.

2019 Wichita Tour de Cure

GVG Participates in Riverfest Health Event

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Grene Vision Group participated in the Wichita River Festival Health and Fitness Fair June 7 at Kennedy Plaza downtown.

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GVG Celebrating National Sunglasses Day June 27

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Protecting your eyes from the sun's harmful rays is important to preventing vision problems. Grene Vision Group will celebrate National Sunglasses Day June 27 by offering a one-day special of 30% Off ALL SUNGLASSES, including Prescription Sunglasses.

Every day millions of Americans make the conscious decision to not wear sunglasses or other UV-protective eyewear, says The Vision Council. While seemingly harmless, this habit carries serious vision risks, many of which are not known or understood by those who fail to wear protective frames.

UV radiation is often recognized as the culprit for sunburns and skin cancer, but most people don’t realize the damaging impact the wavelengths inflict on their vision. The problem originates with the sun’s unfiltered UV rays. Just as these rays can burn skin cells, they can also harm unprotected eyes. A full day outside without protection can cause immediate, temporary issues, such as swollen or red eyes, and hypersensitivity to light. Years of cumulative exposure can cause cancer of the eye or eyelid, and accelerate conditions like cataracts and age-regulated macular degeneration.

National Sunglasses Day serves as a reminder that sunglasses are a major health necessity – regardless of whether it’s sunny or cloudy, warm or cold – and spread the word that sunglasses and other UV-protective eyewear are key to protecting long-term eye health.

The offer is valid at all Grene Vision Group locations, and cannot be used with other promotions or discounts.

National Sunglasses Day June 27, 2019

50% Off Eyeglasses and Rx Sunglasses

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Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of our 20-20 promotion! From May 20-June 20, enjoy a 50% discount on all eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses. Outside prescriptions welcome!

Must purchase a complete pair of frames and lenses to qualify. May not combine with insurance or other discounts. May not be applied to exam fees or co-pays. Standard frame brand restrictions apply. All special order frames are final sale. Offer does not include eye exam. Expires 6/20/19.

50% Eyeglasses and Rx Sunglasses

Dr. Riggins Discusses Adult Strabismus

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There is a myth when it comes to adult strabismus, commonly known as being cross-eyed, says Michele Riggins, MD, a fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologist with Grene Vision Group since 2012.

“There has been a fallacy that surgery to correct adult strabismus is considered cosmetic surgery, but it’s not because it’s helpful to the patient,” Dr. Riggins says.

Correcting adult strabismus can impact a patient’s quality of life — from being able to read, watch TV or even drive again to psychosocial benefits such as improved self-confidence, better relationships and better employability, studies have shown.

Strabismus is diagnosed when the eyes aren’t properly aligned and point in differing directions, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The condition occurs when there is an imbalance in the brain’s signals to the six muscles attached to each eye that control how it moves. A neuro-ophthalmologist can help diagnose and determine an appropriate treatment protocol. Dr. Riggins is one of about 400 such board-certified neuro-ophthalmologists in the U.S. and the only one in Kansas outside of the Kansas City area.

Read more from her article in the April-May 2019 issue of MD News of Greater Kansas magazine by clicking Don’t Cross Off Surgery for Adult Strabismus.

Michele M. Riggins, MD

 


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