Reopening Guidance

Reopening Guidance

Guidance for Eyecare Providers

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recently published the Optometry Practice Reactivation Preparedness Guide following the confirmation from CDC officials that the March 17 nationwide recommendation to postpone routine eye care is no longer in effect, and that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) specific guidance on reopening facilities to provide non-emergent and non-COVID-19 health care is in force.

Additionally, the AOA has created a state-by-state map outlining each state's reopening directive, anticipated date of reopening, notes on elective surgeries or routine care and optometric-specific guidelines.

Sanitization Operating Assumptions

At the request of members as well as the industry at large, The Vision Council has created a compilation of information regarding best sanitization methods for products and packages to help as members prepare to reopen to serve their customers and patients.

The guide includes information regarding:

  • Cleaning solutions
  • Steps for cleaning products
  • Operating assumptions for handling shipments

Click here to read Sanitization Operating Assumptions.

For access to various manufacturer's sanitization and disinfection guides, click below. For members that wish to submit their own guidelines to be published on our site, please email Maureen Beddis at

Additionally, the CDC recently published cleaning and disinfecting guidance for newly reopened businesses, schools and public spaces as well as households. Click here to view the CDC's report.