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Medicine has always striven to serve the public collectively and the patient individually. Now the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and its foundation are planning to implement two public service projects of unprecedented scope to provide information and assistance about eye health and disease to important segments of American society: the elderly and workers.
The AAO's National Eye Care Project has been designed to reach elderly Americans, particularly the needy elderly, to provide information about and assistance with age-related eye problems, eg, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Every ophthalmologist in all 50 states will be invited to participate in this project on a voluntary basis. The project will be implemented nationwide in a sequential, staged manner. Participating ophthalmologists will be asked to make themselves available, in rotation, to all patients in their area referred to them from the AAO's clearinghouse service. The clearinghouse service will be located at the AAO's
Weinstein GW. Ophthalmology in Service to the Public. Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(3):345–346. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050030041016
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