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Shared Objectives, Singular Dedication

I studied optometry in Canada, and I currently practice in Florida, USA. By comparing my experiences of working in eye care in those two healthcare systems, I can clearly see how the relationship between ophthalmologists and optometrists differs in these two countries. Back in Canada, MD/OD collaboration was only just beginning, and it was only when I came to the States that I realized what this collaboration could and should look like. I was pleasantly surprised at the willingness of ophthalmologists to work with optometrists and their positive attitude to co-managing patients. The professions and their scopes are well defined here and doctors work together to achieve a common purpose.

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Elise Kramer

Residency-trained optometrist at Miami Contact Lens Institute in Florida, USA. She specializes in ocular surface disease, keratoconus, refractive surgical complications, and regular and specialty contact lens fitting.

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