American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Academy of Optometry Announce Collaboration
The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry announced a joint initiative to work together “in an effort to foster a mutual approach to serving a growing population of patients in the United States who are expected to require eye health services in the near future,” according to a joint news release.
The two organizations say the initiative marks the first large-scale, organized effort within the optometric and ophthalmic professions in support of joint educational initiatives.
According to the news release, “By working together, the two organizations anticipate being better positioned to assist their respective members in being able to efficiently manage the rapidly growing demand for eye care due to many chronic eye diseases increasing in prevalence in the United States related to the aging baby boomer population.”
“More and more ophthalmologists are practicing with optometrists in the same point-of-care environment and are seeking information and models that will optimize the impact for patients,” David W. Parke II, MD, CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, said in the news release. “The better prepared our two professions are, and the more effectively they work together, the better care we will be able to provide for all patients.”
The academies are jointly informing their respective memberships. The organizations anticipate that programs will be developed over the next 12 to 18 months, with a formal launch in 2015.