March 30th, 2023

To our Patients and Colleagues,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Retina Associates of Western New York (RAWNY) have been implementing several safety measures since March 16, 2020. Your safety, along with the safety of our staff, is our highest priority. We continue to follow the current CDC guidelines under the direction of the NYSDOH. These measures will be continuously updated as new evidence about COVID-19 becomes available.


Effective April 1st, 2023, face masks will be optional for patients and staff in our offices. We strongly encourage those who are at high risk or who have not been vaccinated to wear a mask. If a patient requests that a staff member wear a mask during their interaction, the staff member will happily do so.  Please note our masking requirements are subject to change without notice based on community transmission rates. 

Appointments and Scheduling

Are you currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, including but not limited to fever, productive cough, or runny nose? Have you been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but without symptoms? If you answered yes to either of these questions, please let us know so that we can schedule you appropriately and maintain the safety of all our patients and staff.

Social Distancing and Enhanced Cleaning

Though social distancing is no longer mandatory, we do encourage you to maintain a safe distance from others, especially if you are at a high risk for infection or are unvaccinated. Enhanced cleaning and protective measures have been instituted in all waiting areas, utilizing high-quality, approved cleaning solutions.

We have modified our examination, cleaning, testing, and treatment protocols in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure for patients and staff members.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.