In 2002, Louis Kincannon, director of the U.S. Census Bureau announced that Latinos became the United States largest minority group in July 2002.2 The Hispanic( of Spanish speaking origin) population in the US grew 9.8 percent since April2000 or 38.8 million people, about 500,000 more than the African American population. New figures from the Census Bureau show that Hispanics accounted for about half the population growth in the U.S. last year(2005).3 With this enormous growth, the United States health care professions have found it to be an enormous task to administer care to this ever growing population. Many fortunate doctors are either fluent in Spanish or are blessed by the saving grace of interrupters. The same goes for optometry. We feel that for an optometric physician to administer the best of care in this ever changing country, being able to communicate to this enormous population is essential. This thesis project is a compilation of basic Spanish optometric terms that will be taught in lesson format to optometric students taking the elective, Basic Spanish for Optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry. The goal of our thesis is to provide another tool for students allowing them to better learn important optometric phrases and to eventually put them into use wherever they choose to practice. With onethird below the age of 18, this population is only expected to continue to grow. Spanish speaking optometrists will make themselves more versatile and more marketable to our profession, and most important, their patients.
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