LODI — Burke Optometry in Lodi is preparing to reopen soon.


And they want to do so safely and responsibly.


Dr. Germaine Burke was sent from a friend in Torrance a recent Stockton Record article about David Jimenez, a teacher at Chavez High School in Stockton, who makes face shields for health care professionals and first responders to help protect them from COVID-19.


The article prompted Burke to find face shields to provide protection in addition to the cleaning and physical distancing measures she and her partners already have implemented inside their office on Ham Lane in Lodi.


On Thursday, Jimenez dropped off two different versions and one prototype, more than a dozen shields total. Burke, her husband, Dr. Jerome Burke, Dr. Kelsey Price and their staff will wear the shields in open spaces, such as the eyeglass showroom. In areas where close proximity between doctor and patient are unavoidable, such as the reception desk, exam rooms and consulting stations, plastic sneeze guards are in place. The doctors and staff wear face coverings and markings on the floor help ensure physical distancing.


“The temperature checking, everybody will be doing,” Germaine Burke said. “The face shields and sneeze guards are optional, but we want to have more layers of protection, so the staff and clients feel more comfortable.”


Said Price, “If I had to get close to somebody where my other barriers in our room aren’t already there, then this would be really helpful.”


Burke Optometry is on pace to reopen in the next week or so. In the past two months, the office has been open only for emergencies.


Jimenez makes the face shield covering with surplus overhead projector transparencies. The frames that go across one’s forehead and provide the shield’s support are comprised of plastic ejected from a computerized 3-D printer. Depending on the model, the shields are held in place by the temples of the frame or by rubber bands and elastic.


Jimenez makes the frames with his 3D printer and said another 29 individuals in San Joaquin County are working on a unified design and using 3D printers to craft face shields for the Print to Protect coalition in collaboration with Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, and the offices of emergency services in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties. Jimenez said people from all over the world are helping via the internet.


Burke and Price tried on the shields and said they are a bit cumbersome and will take some time to get used to. But they appreciate having another safety option.


Contact reporter Bob Highfill at (209) 546-8277 or jhighfill@recordnet.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobhighfill.