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The impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic are being keenly felt by small businesses across the country.  No more so than with optometrists. With that in mind, we’ve gathered a short list of resources that we hope will be helpful for our alums during this difficult time.  

Adding Telehealth To Your Practice

Telehealth Quick Start Guide
A Telehealth cheat sheet developed by Berkeley Optometry’s Dr. Mika Moy.
Mika’s Telehealth Tips

Webinar by Dr. Mike Rothschild
Includes good demonstration on best practices for smart phone use by patient to assist doctor in anterior segment evaluation.
Adding Telehealth To Your Practice

Tele-Optometry: 7 Steps to Implement It in Your Practice
Article by Dr. Mike Rothschild
Link to article

Eyehandbook App
App that has a few tests including a near acuity. Near chart calibration checked by Dr. Daniel Harvitt, confirmed with Apple that likely auto-callibrates to iPhone/iPad size.
Apple App Store

Telehealth Billing information

Note: special rules in place currently due to COVID-19. Things are continuing to change, so please check these site regularly for updates.

Coding for Phone Calls, Internet and Telehealth Consultations
AAO website

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Popular Telehealth Video Interfaces

Note that Telehealth HIPAA requirements are relaxed due to COVID-19, but this is just temporary. All Telehealth apps will need to be HIPAA compliant after the crisis ends.

A paid HIPAA compliant version is available, but not required currently.

Eyecare Live
EyeCareLive is HIPPA compliant.
Eyecare Live
Both Dr. and patient can screen share, helpful for VT.


Apple App Store

Optometry Alumni Connections

Cal Alumni Directory
Reconnect with a classmate, message them for free through the @cal Alumni Directory
Alumni Directory

Berkeley Optometry Alumni Relations “Zoom Office Hours”
Join Berkeley Optometry alumni to collaboratively discuss your hot topics, such as employment issues, safety, Reunion, CE hours, etc. If we don’t know the answer we will introduce you to an alumnus in your network who does.
Link to Zoom Password: Minor

Friday, 4/17: Virtual meet-up for out-of-CA doctors
Wednesday, 4/22: Social Media Practices
Thursday, 4/23: Telemedicine
Friday, 4/24: Virtual meet-up for doctors in rural practices

Campus Resources

Berkeley Center for Law & Business
Resource for small business support, especially with CARES Act stimulus.
Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19
Across the UC Berkeley campus, researchers are rising to meet the complex challenges of COVID-19 even as the crisis generates waves of news and information that can be confusing and contradictory at times. In response, the university is launching a new online video series, “Berkeley Conversations: Covid-19”, to connect our leading experts with the public they serve, and each other. Through Q&A’s, seminars, and panel discussions, faculty from a wide range of disciplines—from epidemiology to economics to the computing and data now undergirding their work—will share what they know, and what they are learning.
Berkeley Conversations

Coronavirus: Facts and Fears
UC Berkeley School of Public Health live (and recorded) town hall meetings illuminating the facts and dispelling fears around this public health crisis.
QA: Facts and Fears

Protecting Your Eyes from COVID-19
Berkeley Wellness tips featuring a quote from Berkeley Optometry’s Professor Emeritus Kenneth A. Polse.
Berkeley Wellness

Greater Good Science Center
Practices, resources, and articles for individuals, parents, educators, and health care professionals facing COVID-19.
Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus.

Cal Performing Arts
A series of performing arts videos for a time of physical distancing. Compiled by Jeremy Geffen, Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances
Now, More Than Ever