This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
To the Editor.
—Optometry requires a six-year training course beyond high school, and ophthalmology requires a 12-year course. Ophthalmology training length has been consistent for over 30 years, whereas that for optometric training has only recently been standardized at six years. Therefore, it is possible for a patient to be treated by an optometrist who has had little, if any, training beyond college, especially when compared to the training of an ophthalmologist.Excellence in patient care comes from education—not legislative mandate. Cooperation between the two specialties could lead to agreement on how appropriate additional training could be achieved. The academic halls, not the legislative, are the place for such debate and development if the interest of the patient is to be served.
Worthen DM. MORE COMMENTS-Reply. Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;88(3):345. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030347029