ERIC Number: ED087314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
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Manpower and Education Needs for Eye Care in Florida.
Florida State Board of Regents, Tallahassee.
The total span of procedures necessary for care of the human eye and its associated structures is broad. Two professional groups, optometrists and ophthalmologists share in providing this total care. Each must hold a valid current license to practice his or her profession and the extent of prerogative and limitations is spelled out in practice acts recorded in the Florida Statutes. Optometrists must complete a minimum of 2 years of college level instruction in a community college or university before enrolling in professional school. The duration of professional school for optometrists is 4 years, including clinical experience, which leads to the degree of Doctor of Optometry (O.D.). Ophthalmologists are basically doctors of medicine or osteopathic medicine. Although most practicing optometrists use some assisting personnel, the potential or more extensive use of technically trained assistants has been little exploited to date. Firm data on which to establish an acceptable order of priority among the several health professions' educational programs do not exist at this time. Continuing, intensive planning will be necessary. (Author/PG)
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Board of Regents, Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida