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November 1970

Fundamentals for the Optometric Assistant.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(5):706. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040708036

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Abstract

Optometry, just as medicine, has come to appreciate that the service it delivers to the public may be divided into two basic areas. The first involves the taking of data, ie, recording histories and making measurements. The second major service area encompasses the interpretation of the data into meaningful diagnoses and the selection of appropriate therapy.

Both medicine and optometry recognize that the public can often be served more efficiently when a well-trained assistant collects the data for the doctor.

The book, although primarily directed to the optometric assistant, covers some areas helpful to the ophthalmic assistant or secretary to the ophthalmologist. For example, there is a detailed section involving business procedure, ie, appointment making, bookkeeping, and office maintenance. The book also contains concise orientation sections on ocular anatomy, optics, and ophthalmic instruments.

The last portion of the book serves as an instruction manual for the assistant, covering procedures such

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