LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS
You wear them every day but might forget that eyeglasses are rather delicate. They can easily snap, break, suffer injuries (like getting squished at the bottom of a purse), lose a screw, or even a lens. Super glue, tape, and string are temporary (and less than optimal) fixes for eyeglass damages. You made a rather sizable investment in your eyeglasses, and probably don’t want your spectacles to become a spectacle being held together by packaging tape and a glob of glue.
Time Is Of The Essence, But So Is Quality
Time may be of the essence, but so is quality. Make it essential to find a repair shop that understands BOTH of these priorities. Overland Optical Family Eye Care has specialized in optical care for more than 30 years, ensuring a responsive, prompt visit.
Onsite repair is a rare find. At Overland Optical Family Eye Care, an optical lab located on-site can ensure a timely turn around for your eyeglass repair. It also means less room for error since your glasses don’t have to be shipped to an off-site location for fixing. At Overland Optical Family Eye Care we take pride in our state-of-the-art, on-site optical lab to handle everything from quick repairs to customized glasses.
Be sure they specialize in eyeglass repair of your specific type of glasses. With the various brands and types of glasses, be sure yours are in good, capable hands. You can trust the professionals at Overland Optical Family Eye Care. We are a leading medical eye care provider, offering a high level of experience and expertise to families in the St. Louis area. Regardless of the size or type of repair, be sure to leave it to the experts at Overland Optical Family Eye Care.
Sharp Vision – With No Delay!
Living your daily life depends upon being able to see. At Overland Optical Family Eye Care, our family of eye care providers understands that you need clear vision as soon as possible! As the leading 2017 optometry practice in St Louis, we’re proud to offer you expert Same Day Service for new eyewear and repairs.
Your quality eyesight is our No. 1 concern. While other optical stores may make you wait a few days to receive your eyeglasses, we strive to put your glasses back on your face within hours. Vision is what we do, and we do it best.
Our on-site workshop is furnished with ultra-precise technology to craft new lenses and fix eyeglasses. You benefit from this convenient set-up, as there’s no time wasted by sending prescriptions and eyewear to a lab across town.
Most prescriptions – including for specialized visual requirements – can be finished within the same day. Yes, you read that correctly - our Same Day Service includes specialty lenses too, such as Transitions lenses, progressives (no-line bifocals), and glare-free single vision lenses.
Don’t panic when your eyeglasses break! The hardships of daily wear often lead to cracked frames or missing screws. Kids’ eyeglasses are always getting crushed at the bottom of a school bag. While super glue or duct tape may work for a day or two, it’s not a long-term solution (and not very attractive either!). Instead, simply head to one of our efficient and convenient St Louis stores.
We perform repairs quickly in our professional workshop, so you don’t wander around squinting until your eyeglasses are fixed. Once we’re sure that your eyewear is repaired to perfection, you will be on your way! With customer satisfaction as our motto, we love seeing our patients wear a wide smile as the settle their glasses comfortably on their face.
Our qualified Lab Team, with ABO-Certified Opticians, brings you over 45 years of collective experience in optics. We’re capable pros in much more than just the basics of eyewear. We will work carefully and patiently to preserve the exquisite handwork on your customized eyewear. In addition to Same Day Service, we ensure superior quality control.
Custom Eyewear…Eyeglass Repairs…Same Day Service Available!
Our Lab Team is second to none when it comes to exquisite handwork on custom crafted eyewear. With our on-premises surface and finish labs at our Overland office, we offer eyewear made on site – not only does that give us excellent quality control, it provides great convenience and flexibility for our patients.
We are not just a team
we are a family
Our Exceptional St Louis and St Charles Eye Care Staff
Welcome to Overland Optical Family Eye Care! More than just an optical team, our staff members are a family who works together to serve you – the most valued member of our close-knit family. Our friendly receptionists and office workers keep our practice running smoothly – all to ensure that you receive the best, most efficient eye care possible.
In our fast-paced society, everyone is busy and we know it can be hard to find an appointment that fits your schedule. We’ll work with you patiently to find the ideal time for your eye care appointments in our Overland and St. Charles, MO, offices. If you’re not sure about your vision insurance, we’ll be pleased to clarify your coverage and explain your benefits, or assist you with developing an insurance plan if you don’t already have one.
Whether you need new eyeglasses or a complete eye examination, we’re here to make sure that your experience is pleasant and satisfying. We’ll never rush or pressure you – we encourage you to take all the time you need to choose eyewear and ask your questions! Our team is here to give you the information you need and to help find you the best solutions for your eye care requirements.
We take your eyesight personally, and you’re invited to share your feedback about Overland Optical Family Eye Care!
Optical Store & Eye Exams in Overland & St. Charles, Missouri
Whether or not your child wears glasses, now is the time to have their eyes checked! Good vision is essential for learning and succeeding in school, so bring your child in for a comprehensive eye exam before the new school year begins.
If you wake up in the morning with itchy, burning eyes, you may have dry eye syndrome. Wonder how this happens when your eyes are closed all night? Read on to find out!
Do blue light glasses really work? Read on to learn what science has to say about blue light and whether your child may benefit from a pair of blue light glasses.
Shopping for a new pair of frames isn’t easy. We can help you choose frames that not only feel good but are most suited to your facial features.
People with astigmatism can wear contact lenses, but finding the best lenses for their eyes can be tricky. Learn about the types of lenses that provide clear and comfortable vision for those with astigmatism.
Sunglasses are so much more than an accessory. They can lower your risk of developing dangerous eye diseases, and can keep you looking younger and seeing clearly, no matter how bright it is outside. Read on to discover the many benefits associated with wearing shades.
People who appear to be clumsy or react slowly to visual stimuli may actually have a problem with their hand-eye coordination. During a comprehensive eye exam your eye doctor can assess your hand-eye coordination and recommend ways to address any deficiencies.
Since blue eyes contain very little melanin — a pigment that helps block out light, including the sun’s harmful UV rays and blue light — they often feel more sensitive to bright light. Find out more.
There comes a time when you need to say goodbye to your old pair of glasses and replace it with a new one. Get a new pair of eyeglasses that incorporates the newest technology to significantly increase your clarity and comfort levels.
Worrying about your glasses breaking may prevent you from doing the things you love. But thanks to our same-day repair and replacement service there’s no need to worry.
Though swimming in contact lenses may be tempting, it can lead to infection and redness. Read on to discover how you can see clearly when swimming without compromising on eye health.
Although caffeine has a diuretic and drying effect, it also has tear-producing properties that can potentially lessen your dry eye symptoms.
Many people who suffer from allergies say their symptoms are more intense this year, and that allergy season arrived early. Here’s why.
At Overland Optical Family Eye Care, our optometric team works with you to find the perfect frames and lenses to match your lifestyle.
Contact lenses can be a great choice for teens needing vision correction. If your teens have been asking you for contact lenses, you may want to read on to determine if they’re ready.
There are so many eye drops to choose from — but which ones are right for you? Here, we explain some of the key differences between eye drops
Dilated eye exams make it possible for eye doctors to better assess your eye health and are the only way to detect certain eye diseases.
Do you play sports outdoors? Here are 5 compelling reasons to wear prescription sports sunglasses.
Using your computer for long periods of time can irritate and dry your eyes. The condition is so common that researchers have coined it computer vision syndrome. Learn more about the causes and treatments of this condition.
Multifocal contact lenses can help people with presbyopia (age-related farsightedness) see clearly, whether focusing on close or distant objects.
Visiting your eye doctor regularly is important for good eye health. But did you know it can also be good for your overall health? Find out what general health issues your eye doctor may uncover during a comprehensive eye exam.
As adults, we know to protect our eyes from the sun with sunglasses, yet many parents don’t realize that their baby’s eyes are especially prone to sun damage.
Here’s something to raise a glass to — weekly consumption of red wine has been linked to a reduced chance of cataracts. Read on to discover why that is!
Eye exams & Optical Store in Overland, Missouri. Answers to some of the most common eye care and vision questions.
Bifocals and multifocal lens glasses help you see more clearly while reading, working on the computer, and driving. Whether you are in your 40’s or older, multifocal glasses can give your eyes the relief and focus you’ve been looking for.
Here are some basic tips to keep your glasses in optimal condition and increase their lifespan.
Knowing whether your baby’s vision is healthy can be difficult— but not impossible. Here are some telltale signs of vision problems in babies and toddlers.
Before you wipe your glasses with the bottom of your shirt again, you may want to read our top tips for cleaning your glasses without damaging the lenses or frames.
If you’ve ever had watery, itchy, red eyes, you know what it’s like to have eye allergies. Learn more about eye allergies — what they are and how we can help you attain long-lasting relief.
A reduction in hormones during menopause, may lead many women to experience symptoms of dry eye syndrome. Read on to learn about the link between menopause and dry eye syndrome.
Glaucoma is a primary cause of preventable vision loss and blindness among adults in North America. Early detection is crucial. Fortunately, your eye doctor can detect glaucoma, prevent or minimize vision loss, and help you make the most of your remaining vision.
Macular degeneration is a vision-threatening eye disease that many people experience as they age. It affects the macula — an area of the retina that is responsible for clear central vision. Learn more about macular degeneration and what symptoms to look out for.
Prescription sunglasses offer the right prescription for your eyes as well as sun protection. Here are 3 reasons why prescription sunglasses are a must for anyone who wears glasses or contact lenses.
Dry eye syndrome is more common in women than it is in men. Read on to learn why, and how we can help diagnose and treat the cause of your dry eye syndrome.
Here we discuss the main causes of blindness, and explain what you can do to reduce your chances of severe vision loss.
Sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure and heart failure; it also causes eye-related issues. Find out how your eye condition may be linked to sleep apnea.
If you’ve developed dry eye syndrome while wearing a face mask, you know just how uncomfortable the condition can be. Between now and your eye doctor appointment, there are a few things you can do to minimize your dry eye symptoms.
Sunglasses aren’t only an accessory. They’re a necessity. Looking good is all well and fun, but protecting your eyes should be your main priority. When buying sunglasses, combine fashion with practicality.
Glare is that annoying bright light that causes you to squint. It also can cause eye strain when using your computer. Luckily, anti-glare coated glasses offer many benefits, such as reduced glare, allowing you to see and feel better.
Does it feel like you have something stuck in your eyes, and that no matter what you do, that scratchy sensation won’t go away? If so, you may be experiencing dry eye. Consult your eye doctor, who will diagnose the problem and prescribe the best treatment.
If you wear contact lenses, here are our top “do’s and don’ts” of wearing and caring for your lenses.
Are your eyes tired after a long day staring at the computer? We recommend these 3 eye exercises to revitalize and soothe your tired eyes.
Attention all eyeglass wearers! Here’s what we recommend to keep your lenses free and clear of scratches.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and you still don’t have a gift? Consider getting them a pair of designer sunglasses they'll love!
Do your eyes burn or feel gritty? You may have dry eye syndrome. While home remedies can help relieve your dry eye symptoms, it’s important to have your eye doctor diagnose and treat the condition. Here are 5 home remedies to help make your eyes feel more comfortable until you can visit your eye doctor.
Choosing the right pair of glasses for your child can be difficult. When looking for glasses, you will want a pair that is safe, strong, comfortable and looks great. Learn more about why Miraflex glasses may be the right choice for your child.
Harsh winter weather can irritate your eyes — especially if you wear contacts. Here are some tips to make contact lens wearing hassle-free this winter.
It may surprise you to learn that contact lenses can be safely worn by children aged 8 and over. Read on to learn more about contact lenses for the younger demographic.
There are many benefits to buying blue light glasses. The lenses keep you from experiencing eye strain, headaches and other side effects of blue light exposure. However, there's a lot of guesswork and uncertain outcomes when buying them online.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month! Here’s what you ought to know about glaucoma and discover how an eye exam could help save your vision.
Ever wonder why your eyes tear up when you chop an onion? Here’s why these savory bulbs make you cry, and how you can reduce discomfort when cooking with them.
New Year, New Benefits! Flexible Spending Accounts & Vision Benefits. Start the new year by learning how to use your FSA and HSA benefits for your next eye exam.
Every year people make New Year’s resolutions that involve a positive change in their lives. One of your resolutions should include maintaining healthy eyes.
Here are 15 common things you might be doing that can increase your risk of suffering with vision loss or an eye disease. Read on to learn what they are, and what behaviors you may want to consider adjusting.
Wearing sunglasses in the winter can protect your eyes from sun damage, lower your risk of eye disease, and prevent a condition called snow blindness... Make sure to wear a high-quality pair of 100% UV-blocking sunglasses whenever outdoors this winter
Contact lenses that don’t fit properly can cause discomfort and even eye damage. During a contact lens exam, your eye doctor will perform various tests to ensure you get the right prescription and the proper fit.
Diabetic retinopathy is a sight-threatening condition caused by high blood sugar levels in diabetics. Fortunately, your eye doctor can advise you on how to reduce your risk of developing it.
For many of us, using a computer is part of our daily lives, and our eyes are paying the price: more than half the people who use computers experience eye strain, according to recent data. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize digital eye strain while working at your computer.
Wearing face masks is something that will be around for the foreseeable future, and so will mask-associated dry eye. Ask your eye doctor how to minimize dry eye symptoms today.
The increased use of video conferencing due to COVID-19 has had a surprising impact: A boom in cosmetic procedures. Here’s why eye doctors are concerned about the eye health risks these procedures pose
How time flies — the holiday season is just around the corner! Here are 5 eye-friendly gift-giving ideas for family, friends or colleagues who wear eyeglasses that can help them keep their vision clear and bright.
It is important to not skimp on quality when buying eyeglasses. Furthermore, buying cheap glasses without a thorough eye exam may have lasting effects on your eyes.
Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially sight-threatening condition caused by high blood sugar levels in diabetics. Fortunately, your eye doctor can advise on how to manage and reduce the risk of developing it.
This Thanksgiving, be thankful for your eyesight by taking care of your eyes. Proper eye care can help maintain eye health and prevent vision problems in the future.
Women have a higher chance of developing eye conditions and diseases. Read on to learn why, and how an eye doctor can help.
Don’t let your yearly Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) vision benefits expire with the start of the new year! Here’s why you should act now and schedule your eye exam.
If you or your child is new to wearing contact lenses, read our Top 5 Tips to make the adjustment easier.
Demodicosis occurs when the microscopic Demodex mites living on your face or in your eyelashes proliferate, causing uncomfortable, even painful symptoms. But worry not, it can be easily treated by your dry eye optometrist.
Applying Halloween eye makeup can be tricky. Follow these costume eye-makeup guidelines to avoid infection and other eye conditions.
Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. Why not, you ask? Read on to find out why sunglasses are just as much “fall wear” as jackets are.
Go ahead and grab a slice of pumpkin pie and a cup of pumpkin latte as you discover how pumpkins support healthy eyes and vision.
Have fun this Halloween but be informed about common eye infections. At Overland Optical Family Eye Care we care about eye safety while partaking in good-spirited fun.
Consuming certain vitamins and nutrients can support your eye health and potentially ward off serious eye diseases and conditions. Read on to find out more!
Decorative contact lenses are a fun way to transform into your character on Halloween! But be sure to purchase your contacts from a reliable source — with a valid prescription for contact lenses from an eye doctor — to avoid the risks of infection, corneal abrasion, and other eye problems.
Can You Limit Blue Light Exposure? Read on to find out.
Myopia or nearsightedness is most commonly corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses. As children grow, their prescription often gets stronger, what we call “progressive myopia”. Our eye doctors can help.
It's fairly common for people to experience blurred vision in a single eye. While in many cases it's a simple refractive error that requires vision correction, at times it may indicate a more serious issue.
Trifocal lenses correct near vision, intermediate vision, and distance vision without having to wear multiple pairs of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Did you know that blurred vision can be tied to pregnancy? Read on to learn why and how eye doctors can help with your eye care during pregnancy.
Eye floaters are usually normal. But what causes them and when do they indicate a serious eye problem that needs emergency eye care?
While purchasing glasses online may seem more convenient or frugal, there are several reasons why buying eyewear from local optometrists is the better option.
Just because the weather may be starting to cool down doesn’t mean your eyes no longer need protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Here’s our list of the 5 most stylish ways to protect your eyes this fall.
Eyes naturally tear up to provide lubrication and comfort, but sometimes we don’t produce enough tears or tears of sufficient quality to keep our eyes moist. This can lead to a condition known as dry eye. Using compresses can help keep your eyes hydrated and comfortable.
Driving long distances, prolonged screen time and even reading can cause eye strain symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Here are some eye exercises that can help you relax your eyes and find relief.
Adjusting to new eyeglasses can take time, but persistent visual or eyestrain symptoms that accompany your new eyewear could warrant a call to your optometrist.
Whether you work in an office, from home, or outdoors, certain elements of your work environment could be contributing to dry eye symptoms. Read on to learn how.
To get maximal eye protection from your sunglasses, consider replacing them every two years, according to a study conducted in Brazil. Over time, protective UV coatings become less effective.
Don’t let dry eyes stop you from enjoying your time outdoors. If you experience any dry eye symptoms, implement the following tips, or get an eye exam to identify the cause of the problem and get the appropriate treatment.
Is your eyelid twitching again? Dry eye syndrome could be at the root of those little eyelid spasms. Treating your dry eyes can help reduce eye twitching. Here’s why.
Blurry vision can have many causes and may not always be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Insufficient tears or poor tear quality are often responsible for diminished vision clarity in people who spend much time on the computer.
Are you using your eye drops the right way? If not used properly, drops may not only lose their effectiveness, but could also damage your eye health. Below are a few simple rules to follow when applying eye drops.
1 in 5 people sleep with their eyes open. Known as nocturnal lagophthalmos, this condition can interfere with sleep and cause people to wake up with dry, irritated, red eyes. What is it? And can it be treated? Read on to find out!
Optometrists are slowly reopening their practices to offer routine services like eye exams for contact lenses, glasses, and eye surgery. This time around they will be implementing the strictest health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read on to find out what to expect on your next visit.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been going above and beyond to ensure that people are receiving emergency eye care. If you're having an eye emergency call your Overland optometrist first.
With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in full-swing, it's important to practice good eye hygiene because eyes are a portal for infectious diseases. Implement these 4 important eye hygiene practices to help you stay safe and healthy.
Tears flush out toxins, provide vital oxygen and nutrients to our eyes, and, among countless other benefits, ensure that our eyes remain lubricated and healthy. Read on to learn more about the composition of tears and how they benefit not only our eyes, but also our general well-being.
We all instinctively rub our eyes, whether we're tired, our eyes are itchy or when something gets stuck in them. However, did you know that doing so poses a threat to your eye health and can potentially lead you to contract COVID-19? Read on to learn why eye doctors instruct people to avoid rubbing their eyes.
An eye care emergency is defined as medical care for conditions requiring prompt medical attention due to a sudden change in ocular or visual health.
Though some people think vaping is a harmless alternative to traditional smoking, it can actually cause a whole host of health problems — including dry eye syndrome.
The use of heaters, as lovely as they are, can contribute to dry eye symptoms. Dry eye is one of the most common eye-health concerns and it’s important to be aware of the risks.
Winter is entering full-swing, which also means that your eyes can experience unfavorable effects. This season's cool and arid winds may trigger dry eye symptoms, such as redness, grittiness, and stinging. Click here for tips on how you can prevent dry eye this winter season.
The sensation of burning eyes can have several causes - read on to find out what they are and which treatment options are available.
Allergic reactions and Dry Eye Syndrome have overlapping symptoms. Read on to learn the differences and assess whether or not you should see an eye doctor.
July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and no wonder! With the summer sun out in full force, it’s now more important than ever to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Call 314-423-3874 to learn more.
This summer, whether you're headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a vacation in your own backyard, don't forget to protect your eyes!
With millions of people living with the condition, it’s now more important than ever to bring awareness to this serious condition. So what exactly are cataracts?
Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge. Our optometrist can help. Book your eye exam today!
We’ll dazzle you with our array of attractive eyeglasses. We offer European and American frames, and a variety of different materials. From funky to sophisticated, we have frames in titanium, plastic, stainless steel and more…
Did you know that your vision can affect your mental health? While things like stress, trauma, and family history are factors that impact mental health, vision can also impact it.
The Parkinson's Foundation has announced this year’s theme: #KeyToPD and Parkinson Canada advocates the same involvement.
There are some things you can do to minimize the discomfort throughout the spring season. Check out Our Top 5 Tips for Getting Through Ocular Allergy Season.
International Women's Day is a time for women to focus inwards on their personal goals, relationships, and health. Let's talk about women and vision.
If you’ve ever gotten a headache or developed watery eyes after scrubbing down your kitchen counters, you may have a sensitivity to the chemicals in your household products.
It’s February and that means we’re smack in the middle of winter, when kids fervently hope for snow days and parents hope they don’t happen.
Glaucoma, a silent eye disease, is the most common form of irreversible blindness in the world. It is actually a group of diseases that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve.
As children in St. Louis and St. Charles get ready for the summer, shopping and checking off items on the packing list for camp is an essential part of the preparation. As you toss in the bathing suits, shorts, tees, towels, and toiletries – we remind you to include at least one pair of sunglasses in your kid’s camp supplies! Take a close look at five reasons why sunglasses are a must for summer camp
Do you have FSA dollars left? Visit Overland Family Optical Eye Care in St. Louis and St. Charles, MO, to put these funds to good use for your eyes.
Make the most of your holiday spirit with an updated prescription.
Caffeine & dry eyes? Yes, there is a connection.
Monthly lenses were the gold standard when contact lenses were first released into the consumer market. We offer a wide selection of dailies and monthlies are available in our contact lens collection.
Although digital eye exams offer convenience with amazing technology it's recommended to use this service in between office visits for comprehensive eye exams.
Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.
Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.
This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:
Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.
Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.
Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...
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(1) for the institution to provide you with health care;
(2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or
(3) the safety and security of the correctional institution.
You have the following rights regarding Health Information we have about you:
Right to Inspect and Copy. You have a right to inspect and copy Health Information that may be used to make decisions about your care or payment for your care. This includes medical and billing records, other than psychotherapy notes. To inspect and copy this Health Information, you must make your request, in writing, to our office.
Right to Amend. If you feel that Health Information we have is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for our office. To request an amendment, you must make your request, in writing, to our office.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request a list of certain disclosures we made of Health Information for purposes other than treatment, payment and health care operations or for which you provided written authorization.
To request an accounting of disclosures, you must make your request, in writing, to our office.
Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the Health Information we use or disclose for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the Health Information we disclose to someone involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. For example, you could ask that we not share information about a particular diagnosis or treatment with your spouse. To request a restriction, you must make your request, in writing, to our office. We are not required to agree to all such requests. If we agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you with emergency treatment.
Right to Request Confidential Communication. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you by mail or at work. To request confidential communication, you must make your request, in writing, to our office. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted. We will accommodate reasonable requests.
Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice. You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this notice. You may obtain a copy of this notice in our office.
To obtain a paper copy of this notice please request it in writing.
Right to Electronic Records. You have the right to receive a copy of your electronic health records in electronic form.
Right to Breach Notification. You have the right to be notified if there is a Breach of privacy such that your Health Information is disclosed or used improperly or in an unsecured way.
CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE:
We reserve the right to change this notice and make the new notice apply to Health Information we already have as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of our current notice at our office. The notice will contain the effective date on the first page, in the top right-hand corner.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our office or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. All complaints must be made in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
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