Office Policies

Office Procedures, Services and Policies

Dr. Marcia Hutcheon is an eye physician and surgeon.  She examines children of all ages.  This includes eye examinations for prescribing glasses, contact lenses and the treatment of pediatric ophthalmic disease.  A large segment of her patient population has strabismus (misaligned eyes).  Strabismus is fairly common in adults as well as children, and she performs strabismus surgery on both children and adults.

Our goal is to examine and treat your child’s eyes with careful attention to detail and to help you understand the results of the examination.  Most pediatric eye problems can be handled by the Pediatric Ophthalmologist alone.  Some children present with eye conditions that require the advice of other medical or surgical specialists.  We will coordinate this care through your pediatrician and the other specialists.


COVID BULLETIN


This section is to advise you on how my practice will go forward in the age of Covid. I know that many of you are seeking appointments as we approach the summer, and many of you have ongoing medical issues that need regular follow up care. Writing this saddens me as practicing Pediatric Ophthalmology is a huge part of my life. Even on tough busy days, my patients bring me joy and intellectual stimulation.

Let me fill you in. Because my staff and I are at higher risk for complications from this virus, the office will be closed indefinitely. We cannot resume the close personal medical interactions required for eye examinations until there is either treatment for Covid or a vaccine.

As a solo practitioner in charge of all aspects of my practice, I cannot adequately screen patients for your or my protection. There is no rapid screening test available at this time. Taking temperatures is far from foolproof as we know patients in the infectious prodromal period may not have a fever. In addition, the burden of repeated donning of protective equipment necessary for close contact is impractical for me and my patients. Children are moving targets, and it is unlikely that my waiting room will allow the required physical separation for your safety.

I will return to my practice someday, but because of the above, it could shockingly take a year. In the meantime I’d like to help you to obtain eye care as follows:

Those of you who visit yearly for routine care can perhaps see another eye doctor this year. Let me know, and I will mail pertinent records to you before the exam.

If you wear contact lenses, I can continue to order your lenses without delay and have them shipped directly to your house.

Patients with eye muscle problems, amblyopia or other medical problems will need to be referred elsewhere on a case by case basis. This includes adult patients with strabismus and those who need surgery. Please call the office or send an email through our website if we haven’t already contacted you to arrange urgent follow up eye examinations.

We are here for you and reachable for questions, prescriptions and records. You can call the office (301) 977.0167 and leave a voice mail at any time. If your call is not returned in a timely fashion, please use the office email on the web page to communicate with us.

In addition, please email us to provide an email address so that we may easily notify you of our plans and date for reopening the office. I will look forward to seeing all of you again. My thoughts are with you as this pandemic has been so hard on so many.