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The Future of Optometry in America

Optometry was recognized as a profession in the United States in the early 20th century, once its practitioners went from jewelry store optical dispensing to performing the art and science of refraction. In the mid 20th century, the title Doctor of Optometry was introduced, and Medicare designated optometrists as physicians within the program. Over time, expanded scope of practice legislation, optometric residency programs, and the delivery of medical eye care by ODs became the norm.

Now, in the first half of the 21st century, the optometric profession is in the process of developing even further, with optometrists heading specialty care practices and becoming more heavily involved…

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