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: 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…

Primary health care data points are optometry’s future

October 14, 2014

As health care reform evolves, problems, barriers and new challenges continue to arise. Although the Affordable Care Act was written and developed to improve access to…

Electronic integration is here

September 25, 2014

Growing up in the middle of the last century, I was fascinated by the discovery and invention of new things that changed the world. As a young lad working in my…

Expanding role for optometry beyond primary health care

September 2, 2014

This blog will depart from my main theme of the primary health care role for optometry in health care reform. This week, I had the unique opportunity to see two…

'Be neither fish nor fowl'

August 13, 2014

This wise saying has roots that go back at least to the 15th century. It has been applied in many different contexts but applies today as good advice to optometrists…