Scott A. Edmonds, OD, FAAO, focuses his blog on the role of the optometrist in health care reform – moving from primary eye care to primary health care. He is the chief medical officer of MARCH Vision Care, the co-director of the Low Vision/Contact Lens Service at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia and a member of the Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board. 

Disclosure: Edmonds is a consultant for March Vision.

The role of networks in the new health care delivery models

October 22, 2013

The entry point for optometrists to accountable care organizations, health care exchanges and other new delivery models will largely be through some form of network…

Recharging your primary health care batteries

October 10, 2013

There is nothing like a big optometry meeting to re-energize your outlook on the profession. I am just back from

Manage patients with diabetes as your first step on the road to primary care

September 25, 2013

We all see patients with diabetes. Many of us see more than one a day. Doing a better job of managing patients with diabetes is a great place to start your quest to…

Whose data is it, anyway?

September 11, 2013

A large aspect of health care reform is related to transportable medical information for each citizen. In the days of paper charts, each doctor created a…

Can you be replaced by a kiosk?

August 28, 2013

The buzz on optometry Internet channels this week is all about a major pharmaceutical chain that has opened a “vision center kiosk.” With improvements in…

Do not confuse ‘Obamacare’ with health care reform

August 14, 2013

I was speaking to one of my colleagues about my thoughts on the role of optometry in health care reform and was surprised to hear her express the opinion that…

The ‘doctoring’ of the eye examination

July 30, 2013

The profession of optometry has evolved from a technical role, with the measuring of eyeglass prescriptions, to medical examination and evaluation. As the basic…

The new team for optometry in health care reform

July 15, 2013

Since the first therapeutic drug bill became a law, most optometrists have considered themselves a critical part of the medical care delivery system. As “eye…

The importance of medicine reconciliation

July 1, 2013

Another of the new elements of a comprehensive eye examination is the medicine reconciliation. Although most of us have collected some kind of information about our…

Using the Review of Systems in optometric practice

June 14, 2013

A formal Review of Systems (ROS) has been a suggested part of a comprehensive medical history for several years. Some optometrists used this for a medical office visit…