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Eric Gaylord, O.D.

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Eric Gaylord, O.D. grew up in Westminster, California. After graduating from Westminster High School in 1978, he attended the University of San Diego on a baseball scholarship, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1982. The next year he entered optometry school at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton California, and in 1985 was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Science. The college conferred the degree of Doctor of Optometry to him in 1987.  Dr. Gaylord then entered into private practice with his father Raymond E. Gaylord, O.D. in Los Angeles.

Dr. Gaylord practices general optometry with an emphasis on primary eye care. He has extensive experience in treating vision disorders of all types with glasses, soft contact lenses, and rigid contact lenses including scleral lenses for keratoconus. In 1996, he was certified by the International Board of Optometric Examiners for the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease, and was certified by the California State Board of Optometry in 2001 to treat Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. Dr. Gaylord has diagnosed and managed thousands of cases of eye disease including eye infections, dry eye disease, diabetic and hypertensive eye disease, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.

He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, and the Los Angeles Optometric Society. His volunteer activities include the Boy Scouts of America, Little League Baseball, the American Youth Soccer Organization, and the Garden Grove Host Lions Club. Dr. Gaylord served the Lions Club as President in 2010 and 2011, and is a member of the Board of Directors.

Dear Patients and the surrounding community,

As of Tuesday evening, March 17th, the CDC and the Orange County Health Officer have recommended that all routine eye care be deferred until further notice, in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 through our community.

Please be assured that we are still available to triage all urgent and emergent issues as well as help you with routine matters during this challenging time.

What does this mean?

1) If you are scheduled for an annual eye examination we will tentatively reschedule you starting April 14th.
2) If you need to replace glasses or contact lenses and need an extension on your prescription, please contact us and we will assist you in obtaining some until you can come in for a visit.
3) If you are running out of a medication please contact us and we can transmit a refill electronically to your pharmacy.
4) If you have an issue which cannot wait for an office visit, contact us and we will schedule a FaceTime or Telephone appointment with one of our doctors. Medicare has temporarily relaxed its telehealth rules to allow this type of communication during the pandemic crisis. Other insurers may follow suit and allow for reimbursement of virtual care costs. The consultation must be initiated at your request.
5) If you have an ocular emergency we are, as always, available to help you at any time. Call 1-714-530-2020 and wait for instructions at the end of the message. Dr. Gaylord or Dr. Inman will try their best to meet you in the office whenever possible.  If not we will direct you to the nearest eye emergency facility.
6) During this period of social distancing and quarantine, we must all do our part by restricting activities outside the home except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
7) Please remember that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and resolve within a week. However, if you feel your symptoms are worsening, call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office or emergency department and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

The CDC has many wonderful resources. Arming yourself and your family with clear information will help you avoid undue stress.https://www.cdc.gov/coron…/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.htmlhttps://www.cdc.gov/…/…/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

With sincerest wishes for your continued good health, we remain at your service,

Ann Inman, OD
Eric Gaylord. OD
Garden Grove Optometry