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Saturday, September 13, 2014

North Carolina considers adding optometry school

North Carolina considers adding optometry school

"................To retain more optometrists in state, North Carolina needs to evaluate the feasibility of establishing an optometry school, according to the state’s Legislative Research Commission's Committee on Health Care Provider Practice Sustainability and Training/Additional Transparency in Health Care.

The report, issued to the 2014 Regular Session of the 2013 General Assembly, found that the state's ratio of optometrists is less than the national average.
"Data from the Cecil G. Sheps Center shows that North Carolina's ratio of optometrists per 10,000 population is below the national average and has consistently been below that national average since 1979," the report said. "There are 12 counties in North Carolina without a single optometrist.".....
Comment: In a word, NO! The American Optometric Association and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry commission an assessment of optometric manpower needs in the United States (this also included ophthalmology manpower). In the report released this past summer, it was noted that there will be more than enough optometrist at least until 2025. I believe that it is not that we do not have enough optometrists, but rather that we do not have an even distribution of optometrists. I would suggest to those in North Carolina who believe they need more ODs to determine how to attract these incredibly talented optometrists to your state. It would be less costly, better for the profession of optometry and would serve the needs of the citizens of North Carolina at the very highest level.

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