CHICAGO – Prescribing data indicates an increase in the number of prescriptions written by optometrists to treat infectious eye disease, according to a poster presented here at Optometry’s Meeting.
Agustin Gonzalez, OD, and Clarissa De Paz, OD, analyzed data from a consulting pharmaceutical tracking company that monitors the prescribing habits of physicians by specialty. They looked at ophthalmic medications prescribed by optometrists to treat ocular infections between 2007 and 2009. Categories included broad spectrum, combination, antiviral, sulfa-based and “other.”
The total number of anti-infective prescriptions written by optometrists increased from 811,632 in 2007 to 983,183 in 2009.
“The analysis indicates a positive growth trend,” the authors stated. “The data are being interpreted in a directional manner, and in no way do the authors believe these data reflect absolute or total values of prescriptions written by optometrists.”