20.11.2009

Partnership to improve eye health care

Partnership to improve eye health care

By Adrian Galbreth

The American Optometric Association (AOA) has joined up with Digital Healthcare (DH) to help optometrists provide better care for patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases, and promote public health in America.

They recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will lead to a range of programmes and initiatives designed to ensure the Americans who are medically underserved and uninsured have access to comprehensive vision and eye health services.

Programmes will include technological developments which will help patients who are at risk and improve communication between optometrists and primary care physicians to help those with diabetes.

Randolph E Brooks, AOA president, said: "We will be working on delivering a variety of technology advancements in a diversity of health care settings – from private practices to community-based health care systems."

A recent AOA survey found that there is a concerning lack of public knowledge and misunderstanding regarding age-related eye diseases and conditions.

by Adrian Galbreth


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