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A model approach to vision care in migrant and other under served populations

1 May 1989


Previous studies have determined the need for vision care in migrant and seasonal farmworker populations to be over two times greater than that of the general population. To address this need Pacific University College of Optometry proposed that the existing personnel in the migrant health centers be trained to perform vision screening tests. With the capability to identify individuals in need of vision services in a cost effective manner, those in need could then be referred to the appropriate practitioner for care. Personnel from two health centers were selected to conduct the pilot study. The training consisted of one day of classroom instruction followed by one day of screening experience. As a result 184 people were screened in the 7 months following the training sessions. Results suggest that 124 or 67% of those screened failed and were referred to an appropriate health care practitioner.


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