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: The 'reform' of health care reform

July 6, 2015

Last week marked another victory for the current vehicle of health care reform. For those who had been hoping that the Supreme Court would diminish the Affordable Care…

BLOG: The role of optometry in a community health center

June 12, 2015

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a Community Health Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. This center is part of the New…

BLOG: Take a closer look at alternate eye care delivery

May 26, 2015

Eye care has traditionally been delivered in a doctor’s office. Although the setting has changed over the last century from only the classic “private…

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…