This arrangement is called co-management says Dr. Paul J Olsovsky. In the process of co-management, an optometrist refers a patient to a specialist usually an ophthalmologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. Thus, He further says that Co-management is particularly a good solution for the having a quality of eye care that a person is receiving from his primary care eye doctor.
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