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July 1978

Professional Standards: Not Getting Better, Getting Older

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(7):1289. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060099023

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To the Editor.  —While reviewing the progress of the American Society of Ocularists (ASO) during the past 20 years, it is necessary to consider the effort put forth by many persons, including both ophthalmologists and ocularists, to make this society a reality. Our basic objectives were as follows:

  1. Establish an effective relationship with the ophthalmologists to improve the results of our work with the aid of their skill and cooperation.

  2. Solicit ophthalmologists, who were interested in our field, to serve on a medical advisory board and to assist in formal teaching programs.

  3. Exchange technology among the ocularists to improve cosmetic results, particularly in complicated cases.

  4. Provide an educational program to assist associates, as well as young people entering this field.

  5. Provide a code of ethics to set standards that we felt were lacking.

Today, these objectives have been achieved; many joint meetings in the past

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