The John F. Hardesty, MD Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following the guidance of the CDC, state and local officials. The knowledge regarding the association between conjunctivitis and SARS CoV-2 (the cause of COVID19) is evolving and not yet well defined (see AAO website for a full discussion). In the interest of public safety, we are only scheduling essential, urgent and emergent appointments at this time. However, we understand how important it is to stay connected. Our phone lines are always open for referral of appropriate cases. We thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation at this time. For more school of medicine updates please visit

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Washington University interim policy on visitors

Whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms, visitors who have been in locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure within the past 14 days are not allowed to visit campus or attend university events. In addition, visitors who have had direct contact with a patient confirmed to have COVID-19 or with someone who is under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19 are not allowed to visit campus or attend university events within 14 days of such contact.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this poses to your plans to visit. To learn more about the university’s response to COVID-19, visit our information page.