Optometric practice has been shown to vary greatly between countries. Previous data has suggested much disparity between the level of optometric education and the scope of practice. There currently exists no comprehensive comparative data on the standards · and scope of optometric education throughout the world. The goal of this project was to establish such a data source. A two-tiered survey was sent to various countries to establish a comprehensive computer database describing optometric education at vanous institutions and numerous countries worldwide. The general scope of optometric education is summarized for each country.
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