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 and OcuHub.

BLOG: To my friend and lifelong mentor

May 1, 2015

This week we all learned the sad news of the passing of Dr. Melvin D. Wolfberg. I got an email from Salus University where Mel served as president and then a more…

BLOG: Climbing the technology ladder

April 7, 2015

It was an interesting week in New York City for the many attendees of Vision Expo East. We dodged big snowflakes, stepped over mounds of slush and saw that it takes more…

BLOG: Finding your 'pot of gold'

March 18, 2015

As I write this today, I am enjoying a sunny St. Patrick’s Day here in Philadelphia. As an Irishman, I am wearing my green and thinking about that pot of gold at…

BLOG: Collaborative care payment models for optometry

March 2, 2015

As one of the leading advocates for optometry providing primary health care in addition to traditional eye care, I am often asked how we will be paid for the additional…

BLOG: Primary eye care is not primary care

February 9, 2015

“Primary care” is common term in the health care arena. It is considered to be the lynch pin of a better health care system for America. Doctors who are…

BLOG: 'Keeping an eye on your health'

January 19, 2015

In keeping with my new practice focus of primary health care, I present myself and gear my patient care to a more holistic attitude. Starting with the history, I ask…

BLOG: How's your general health and fitness?

January 5, 2015

For many years, a standard question in my optometric history has been: “How’s your general health?” This always prompted a discussion about diabetes…

BLOG: A bump on the road to health care reform

December 17, 2014

As part of my traditional December activity, I review the work of 2014 and try to make plans for the New Year. Looking forward, I see a number of clouds over the road to…

BLOG: We gotta do a better job

November 26, 2014

As a Philadelphian, I am especially fond of our football team. After several years of having a contender for the playoff games, our longstanding coach seemed to have had…

Develop your own primary care report card

October 29, 2014

As optometrists continue to evolve as essential primary health care providers in their expanded role in health care reform, a number of us are striving to meet the…