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Choroidal effusion is a build up of fluid between the choroid (the blood vessel layer that nourishes the retina) and the sclera (The white outer cover of the eye). It can cause a choroidal detachment, which can lead to a retinal detachment. The choroidal drainage procedure involves placing a cannula (a tiny tube) , in the area called the suprachoroidal space (The space between the sclera and the choroid). The cannula is carefully angled to allow fast drainage of the fluid build up. This procedure is done through a small incision called a sclerostomy (a surgical opening in the sclera). Choroidal effusions that develop after glaucoma surgery can usually be drained with few complications, resulting in safe eye pressures and improved vision.
As a valued patient of the office of William E. Sponsel M.D., we appreciate the trust you place in us and want to inform you about how we are addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are closely monitoring events in our local community and continuously updating our policies and protocols as a result of new information.
Our highest priority is to keep all of our patients and staff as safe as possible. At the recommendation of CDC, we will be screening patients prior to allowing them to enter the facilities. If you have been exposed to anybody that has tested positive for COVID-19, or experiencing fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms please call to re-schedule your appointment.
Should you have an appointment you will be asked to call the office and stay in your vehicle/outside until our patient coordinator calls you to enter for your appointment. They will meet you at the suite, you will be required to fill out a questionnaire about any current medical symptoms so that we do not expose other patients and staff.
We will take your temperature upon entering, if you have a fever, cough, or experiencing any flu-like symptoms the urgency of your appointment will be reassessed by Dr. Sponsel to determine whether or not you will be seen at that time or re-scheduled. Please look for upcoming information regarding COVID-19, as the situation is changing daily.
If you have any questions or concerns about your appointment, please call our office at (210)223-9292, or after hours answering service at (757)-278-1657.
Thank you for your continued trust and loyalty as we work together to fight this virus.
Dr. Sponsel M.D. and staff.
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