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April 1985

Rehabilitation Personnel in Ophthalmology

Author Affiliations

Southern Pines, NC

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(4):480-481. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050040022011

To the Editor.  —In recent years, much has appeared in professional journals and national periodicals about the necessity of providing information about rehabilitative resources for visually impaired patients.1 Most articles have attempted to encourage the ophthalmic community to educate patients about resources for the visually impaired and to make referrals for rehabilitation. A few articles have even implied that ophthalmologists have neglected patients in this area.2-5Although it is recognized that the ophthalmologist's main interest lies in the medical and surgical care of the visually impaired patient,6 it is not uncommon for a patient to feel forgotten when he or she must resume a normal routine after a sight loss.7 Clearly, patients are beginning to desire more time with doctors to discuss sight loss and the implications thereof.7,8It appears that a greater responsibility in the area of rehabilitation is being demanded of ophthalmologists. When

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