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September 2003

Training in Ophthalmology Is Critical for All Physicians

Arch Ophthalmol. 2003;121(9):1327. doi:10.1001/archopht.121.9.1327

AS MEDICAL SCHOOLS have made important changes in their curricula to keep pace with the explosive growth in medical knowledge and new understanding of learning styles, the pressure for time has made it necessary to eliminate some subjects. One of the subjects dropped from the requirements at many medical schools has been ophthalmology. However, as we address the needs of the rapidly growing ranks of elderly patients in this country, it is imperative that we not overlook their vision. Most age-related vision loss can be prevented, making it critically important that all physicians be aware of the signs and symptoms of conditions that can lead to vision loss.

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