Thinking beyond ourselves

For many of us, each New Year begins with at least 1 resolution that requires some action to better our lives: typically personal weight loss and exercise promises to oneself or the more-time-with-friends-and-family resolutions. I think it is safe to say most of these fall by the wayside in short order. There may also be resolutions having to do with patient care that can be made and that may actually be easier to maintain, in that these resolutions don’t require any more effort than just doing what we have been trained to do: keep our patients medically and functionally as sound as we can. Once the proper diagnosis has been made, the medical part of eye care (and one part of the resolution) seems, for the most part, to be pretty straightforward. However, the diagnosis and management of the functional aspects of eye care are less so. What makes this divergence of endpoints so frustrating is that there are numerous articles in well-respected journals encouraging us to do just that: improve function as well as structure. For example, a recent article stated “Every clinician recognizes that [visual acuity], although representing the gold standard of outcome, may not always accurately describe a patient’s
Source: Optometry