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February 1991

Evolving Ophthalmology-Optometry Relationships

Author Affiliations

Baltimore, Md

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(2):238-239. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080020084049

The evolving relationship between ophthalmology and optometry is discussed in this issue of the Archives by Mullen et al,1 who describe an affiliation between the Hahnemann University (HU) and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). While this affiliation may be the first for academic institutions, it in fact follows examples in private practice, managed care systems, and military and veterans' hospitals, where optometrists and ophthalmologists are increasingly working together. Most of these affiliations are economically driven, based on convenience, or based on the need for patient access. A prime concern is that these affiliations not detract from quality of care.

See also p 234.

Ophthalmologists have not ignored the fact that they are outnumbered by optometrists two-to-one, that the majority of the public apparently already seeks routine eye care from optometrists, and that optometry organizations have publicly declared their goal of providing primary eye care. They have also observed

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