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The optometrist plays an important role in better integration of optometry for prevention of blindness, rendering ophthalmic services to the masses. Throughout the world, optometrists have been the major providers of vision correction. They play a role in prevention of visual problems by setting up camps at school, rural area various public place, in order to aware people, about their vision and possible complications. Correcting refractive errors is of the most heavenly tasks of optometrist.

This particular issue focuses Role of Optometrist in Eye Care. This issue begins by providing History of Optometry, Role of Optometrist, Optometrist in Clinical Practice, Tools for Optometry, Guidelines and Optometrist association.



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The Issue Features...
Role of Optometrist in Eye Care
Vol. 15 No.1 January & February 2018
•  History
•  Role of Optometrist
•  Optometrist in Clinical Practice
•  Tools Used by Optometrists
•  Guidelines
•  Optometric Association
•  Optometry Journals
•  Optometry School and Colleges
•  Feedback

•   Past Issues


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  • HISTORY OF OPTOMETRY

  • The early history of optometry was linked to the work of opticians as the correction of refractive errors depended on experiments with lenses.

  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF OPTOMETRY

  • Optometry as a discipline traces its roots back roughly 2000 years, to the Greeks. Aristophanes wrote of using a glass to magnify the sun’s rays to erase writing on wax tablets in his work “The Clouds.” At about the same time, the Chinese began using spectacles over the eyes.


  • THE EVOLUTION OF OPTOMETRY: A QUICK LOOK AT HISTORY

  • Optometry has a substantial history: In 1263, Roger Bacon first mentioned lenses as “useful for those with a weakness of sight,” according to the American Optometric Association (AOA). By 1286, the first rudimentary pair of glasses had been created. Yet it was the twentieth century that saw the greatest advancements; in approximately 100 years, the rapid evolution of optometry yielded a number of critical developments in eye health. This link provide most interesting.

  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF OPTOMETRY

  • This web link provided the origins of Optometry and brief history of Optometry.



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  • LET'S BROADEN THE ROLE OF OPTOMETRISTS

  • This article pointed out relationship of eye care professionals, doctors of optometry ophthalmologists and Optometrist. How optometrist are supportive to Ophthalmology practice.

  • THE ROLE OF OPTOMETRISTS IN INDIA: AN INTEGRAL PART OF AN EYE HEALTH TEAM

  • This articles provides the details of The role of optometrists in India and How optometrists are helpful to provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.

  • THE OPTOMETRIST’S ROLE IN COLLABORATIVE CARE FOR REFRACTIVE SURGERY

  • The article focuses the Optometrist’s Role in Collaborative Care for Refractive Surgery.

  • WHAT DOES AN OPTOMETRIST DO?

  • This article focus role of optometrists in clinical practice.

  • THE ROLE OF THE OPTOMETRIST IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY

  • The purpose of this paper is to identify for all allied health professions the role of the optometrist as it relates to the entire vision and eye care segment of our health care delivery system. It presents the role of the optometrist as it relates to that of the ophthalmologist as the medical specialist responsible for secondary care, and that of the auxiliary personnel (opticians, optometric and ophthalmic assistants), who along with the optometrist and ophthalmologist represent the entire spectrum of health team members providing vision and eye care services to our citizens. It concludes by discussing the issues presenting a challenge to the proper implementation of the various roles of these vision and eye care team members.

  • WHAT IS AN OPTOMETRIST?

  • Previously known as ophthalmic opticians, optometrists are primary health care specialists trained to examine the eyes to detect defects in vision, signs of injury, ocular diseases or abnormality and problems with general health.

  • TODAY’S OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIAN PROVIDES PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

  • In 1987, optometry obtained parity under Medicare with a small change in wording that added optometrists to the list of health care providers classified as "physicians." Since then, many optometrists have adopted this title and have coined the term "optometric physician."

  • ROLE OF THE OPTOMETRIST (OD) | THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS

  • Doctors of Optometry are independent primary health care providers and represent the front line of vision health. The eye health and good vision of the public are the prime responsibilities of Canada's Doctors of Optometry.

  • ROLE OF OPTOMETRIST IN EYE CARE

  • The optometrist plays an important role in better integration of optometry for prevention of blindness, rendering ophthalmic services to the masses.

  • ROLE OF OPTOMETRIST IN OPHTHALMIC PRACTICE

  • The optometrist plays an important role in rendering ophthalmic service to the masses. In a hospital, he records case history and vision, does refraction and (as orthoptist) orthoptic check-up, and refers to the ophthalmologist cases having or suspected to be having ocular pathology. At an optical show-room, in addition to doing refraction, he supervises dispensing of prescriptions for corrective glasses, and does contact lens fittings.

  • EYE CARE - OPTOMETRISTS

  • Optometrists are qualified to provide a range of services. Optometrists can diagnose and treat eye disorders and vision problems, prescribe and dispense glasses and contact lenses, and provide expert advice on eye care. Optometrists are registered health practitioners.

  • THE ROLE OF OPTOMETRY IN VISION 2020

  • Apart from individuals who have taken an active role in the elimination of diseases such as onchocerciasis or have been in cataract teams, optometrists have had little opportunity to take part in the front line elimination of four of the major, preventable blindness-producing conditions targeted by Vision 2020.

  • WHY OPTOMETRY - THE CASE FOR DELIVERING QUALITY, ADVANCED AND EQUITABLE EYE HEALTH AND VISION CARE FOR PATIENTS

  • The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has produced this document with the aim of providing health professionals, government agencies and the general public with an overview of the practice activities of the optometrist and how they relate to the global needs of the public.

  • ROLE OF OPTOMETRIST IN THE SOCIETY

  • This website focuses the definition of optometrist and their role in prevention of visual problems by setting up camps at school, rural area various public place.



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  • THE OPTOMETRIST’S ROLE IN GLAUCOMA CARE

  • This article stated that role of optometrists in glaucoma care and pointed out glaucoma specialists can develop and maintain a healthy working relationship.

  • OPTOMETRY'S ROLE IN VISION REHABILITATION SERVICES

  • This website gives the detailed information about Optometry’s role in vision rehabilitation services. How the taught people with low vision can manage daily activities with what vision remains.

  • LOW VISION OPTOMETRIST

  • A low vision optometrist is specially trained in assisting those with low vision by assessing their visual needs and making recommendations for glasses, lenses and vision aids for those macular degeneration.

  • PEDIATRIC EYE AND VISION EXAMINATION - AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION

  • The American Optometric Association (AOA) evidence-based guideline is intended to help educate caregivers and ensure doctors of optometry are empowered to provide the best care for their young patients with this guideline, parents and other healthcare professionals know which tests and interventions are proven to optimize a child’s eye care and the frequency with which children should receive a comprehensive eye exam to ensure their visual health.

  • OPTOMETRY’S ROLE IN LASER CATARACT SURGERY

  • This articles gives the detailed information about the role of optometrist in laser cataract Surgery.



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  • GUIDELINES TO THE ACO STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

  • The goal of these Guidelines is to maintain appropriate standards of professional competence and ethical conduct by Regulated Members of the Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO).

  • AOA OPTOMETRIC CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES

  • Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines (OCPGs) are recommendations for patient care which are developed through a formal process. They combine the best available current scientific evidence and research with expert clinical opinion to recommend appropriate steps in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients with various eye and vision conditions.

  • TEST DISTANCE VISION USING A SNELLEN CHART


  • OPTOMETRIC PRACTICE REFERENCE CLINICAL GUIDELINES

  • This Optometric Practice Reference (OPR) represents a complete revision of The Guide to the Practice of Optometry and supersedes previous versions of The Guide. It will be periodically updated in response to changes in public need, economic forces, advances in health care sciences, and statutory and regulatory requirements.

  • PEDIATRIC GUIDELINE RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

  • The guideline reflects a systematic review and rigorous assessment by the EBO Committee, along with experts in their fields, including doctors of optometry, a pediatrician, a social worker and a parent.

  • AN EVIDENCE-BASED GUIDELINE FOR THE FREQUENCY OF OPTOMETRIC EYE

  • The purpose of this guideline is to inform individuals who are either asymptomatic or have symptoms they do not recognize as being eye related. Therefore, this guideline is meant to aid in the early detection of visual disorders in order to prevent or reduce future vision loss.

  • VISITING OPTOMETRISTS SCHEME—GRANT PROGRAMME GUIDELINES

  • These guidelines provide an overview of the funding arrangements provided to optometrists to deliver outreach eye care services to people living in regional, rural and remote locations.



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  • WHO - THE WORLD COUNCIL OF OPTOMETRY (WCO)

  • The World Council of Optometry (WCO) is the global organisation for optometry professionals, their associations and institutions. Membership is for optometry.

  • AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION

  • The American Optometric Association is the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation's health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals and optometry students. Doctors of optometry take a leading role in patient care with respect to eye and vision care, as well as general health and well-being. As primary health care providers, doctors of optometry have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage ocular disorders, diseases and injuries and systemic diseases that manifest in the eye. Doctors of optometry provide more than two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For more information on eye health and vision topics, and to find a doctor of optometry near you.

  • OATN - OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION OF TAMIL NANBARGAL

  • The name Optometric Association of Tamil Nanbargal (OATN) was decided on 02-11-2011 and registered on 27-12-2012. We thank one and all for their contribution & support.

  • NATIONAL OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION

  • The National Optometric Association (NOA) was founded in 1969 in Richmond, Virginia, as a not-for-profit corporation The NOA is comprised primarily of minority optometrists from throughout the United States. Activities are administered through a board of directors and regional officers. For more please find the link‎.

  • ARKANSAS OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION

  • Doctors of Optometry comprise the nation’s largest eye care profession, treating the eyes of millions of Americans. As independent primary health care providers, optometric physicians examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions. With more than 400 optometrists in Arkansas, optometric physicians dedicate their careers to protecting vision and providing quality eye care to their patients.

  • OPTOMETRY - JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION


  • VIRGINIA OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION

  • The Virginia Optometric Association (VOA) is committed to improving vision and eye health for all Virginians in order to promote the art and science of Optometry.

  • MARYLAND OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION


  • NYSOA: WELCOME TO THE NEW YORK STATE OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION

  • The NYSOA promotes the practice of Optometry in New York State and provides information for our members and the public at large.



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