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Basic Spanish for the optometric exam

1 May 2001


There are few clinics like Virginia Garcia Memorial Clinic in Cornelius, OR. VGMC is a low-income, Spanish-friendly clinic serving primarily a Hispanic population. This is a population with a great need for eye care and few Spanish-speaking doctors to provide it. As the native Hispanic population increases in the U.S., the ability to communicate in Spanish will become more of a necessity for many optometrist. This project is an English-Spanish translation of the instructions for the common tests included in a comprehensive vision exam. It includes instructions for children and common Spanish phrases, a pronunciation guide, and common optometric/medical terminology. The translation guide is geared for doctors who don't know Spanish in a primary care setting. It was designed to be published as an interactive website and can also be used in hardcopy form. 4


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