(Re) "Project Offers Eye Care for Those Over 65" (by Ursula Vils, July 8): As an optometrist these kinds of articles are of particular interest to me, especially when the sub-head states: "Referrals Help Seniors Find Low-Cost Aid."
Wow, myself says to me . . . here's something about a group of eye doctors trying to help the poor helpless seniors, and like motherhood and apple pie there can only be goodness and kindness in the hearts of those behind a project like this . . . right? WRONG!
But when something sounds like motherhood and apple pie to the general public, how can I write a letter to expose what I think is the real reason behind such a project? Well, as someone once said, "Fools rush in . . . !"
The article concerns an effort by a group of ophthalmologists to screen large numbers of seniors with regard to the detection of some very common eye problems--cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. The article glaringly makes no mention of optometrists, another group of eye doctors vitally concerned with the detection of these eye diseases and who are eminently qualified both by training and experience to detect these eye diseases.