J Glaucoma 2021 Jan 13. Epub 2021 Jan 13.
Department of Ophthalmology, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada Department of Ophthalmology, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Kingston, Canada ICES, Ontario, Canada Division of Geriatric Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada Division of Geriatric Medicine, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Kingston, Canada.
Purpose: To evaluate evolution in the distribution of new glaucoma patients between ophthalmologists and optometrists, and to examine factors predicting provider type, in the context of expansion in the scope of optometry practice.
Patients And Methods: A population-based study was undertaken using validated datasets in Ontario, Canada from 2007 to 2018, encompassing time before and after optometry practice scope expansion in 2011. All patients aged 66 and older receiving a glaucoma suspect diagnosis or first-line therapy for glaucoma from ophthalmologists or optometrists were enrolled. Read More