MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Joshua Ehrlich, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of Michigan
MedicalResearch.com: –Describe the “important role” that primary care providers play in promoting eye health?
Response: Primary care is the entryway into the health system for many individuals. The poll suggests that when primary care providers discuss vision with their patients, they are more likely to get eye exams. It also suggests that primary care providers are having these conversations most often with those who have certain risk factors for eye disease, such as diabetes or a family history of vision problems, as well as those with fewer economic resources. Promoting these kinds of conversations could bolster this trend, increasing the number of diabetics and other high risk individuals who get appropriate eye care.