To the Editor.
—I read with interest the article by Mullen et al. Several points made by the authors and their implications concern me. There is a basic assumption that optometry and ophthalmology are complementary. It is this assumption that appears to provide the basis for the model of eye care provided by the two institutions, Hahnemann University (HU) and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). Unfortunately, this assumption is invalid. Optometry has demonstrated that its course is to become a profession that is parallel and not complementary to ophthalmology. It does not seek to provide services that may meld with ophthalmologic care, but to provide the exact same services that ophthalmologists provide.The term primary care as it relates to this educational venture is not clearly defined. This lack of definition is more important than semantics. The term primary care as explained by most optometric publications is that which
Schwartz DN. Affiliation Between Hahnemann University and Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(7):912. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080070022004