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Expand Scope of Optometry Practice

9/17/2021 – Vanessa will begin drafting how-to document and will then send to Roger & Cindy for edits. 

WCO Global Model of Competency

Please click here to read the WCO Global Competency-Based Model of Scope of Practice in Optometry.

Practice Standards

Standards of practice means a document embodied in a healthcare code, which is usually determined by the Regulatory body/College, which defines all aspects of professional service.  They are defined as the applicable standards in a traditional healthcare setting overseeing the care, skill and learning associated with the practice of the profession. Some examples are: accountability-takes responsibility for actions, confidentiality-keep all information private and away from those who should not have access, fiduciary duty-place needs of patient first and honesty-always tell the truth. This will lead the ethics of the profession as being practiced in the country. The profession, if it follows the ethics as set by the Regulatory body/College, optometrists will practice at the highest standards.

Advanced Clinical Guidelines

The profession of Optometry varies in scope of practice around the globe.  Optometry has a history of providing care to individuals at varying levels of care.  Optometrists, through their clinical education, training, experience, and possible broad geographic distribution, have the means to provide primary eye health and vision care.  So besides refractive care, different issues requiring primary ocular care may be addressed depending on the country’s health law. They have the aim of guiding decisions and criteria regarding the specific areas of the profession.  Having advanced clinical guidelines, which will cover many different diseases and appropriate investigations and treatment, will inevitably provide a uniformity of care across the profession for a country that accepts and implements practice guidelines.  Advanced clinical guidelines are published as a reference guide for individual practitioners and educational institutions to implement.  These are usually written by a committee of educated optometrists appointed by the National association, are evidence-based and well-referenced to be accepted by the profession.



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