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The role of optometrists is expanding in Alberta

 

Alberta optometrists recently obtained the right to offer more eye services to respond to simple cases. They will therefore be able to prescribe certain drugs, order lab tests, apply ultrasound tests and treat certain types of glaucoma.

These changes should result in reduced wait times for consulting ophthalmologists. However, optometrists will first have to complete a certification program before they become authorized to provide these services and will subsequently have to undergo regular onsite practice reviews.

The Alberta College of Optometrists, of course, has applauded this measure by stressing the fact that delivering safe eye care remains a priority.

 

Source: Ici Radio-Canada.ca

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/alberta/2014/04/29/006-optometristes-competences-soins.shtml

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