Alisa Sivak, MA(Ed), is Managing Editor of Contact Lens Update and Head of Knowledge Translation at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education, in the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo. Collaboration between pharmacists and optometrists is inconsistent despite significant overlap when it comes to concerns relating to patient needs. We know that much of the population does not seek regular eye care for a variety of reasons, including limited understanding of the importance of eye care1,2,3,4 and a lack of awareness that eye problems do not always have clear symptoms.5,6,7,8 In light of these patterns, it is not surprising that consumers often consult pharmacists when it comes to eye conditions.9,10 In some regions, pharmacists have direct prescribing authority.11,12,13 An interdisciplinary team of pharmacists, eye care specialists and curriculum designers from the University of Waterloo agreed that overlap between these two professions warranted the development of a continuing education program designed to share profession-specific knowledge to enhance patient care and improve health outcomes.14 As they are often the first point of contact for eye care questions, pharmacists would benefit from understanding an eye care perspective. As optometrists often recommend pharmaceutical products to patients, they would also benefit from a deeper understanding of the pharmacist’s perspective, including the specialized knowledge, awareness of common constraints to treatment adherence and potential drug interactions. The resulting online course includes four COPE-approved modules focusing on: Interprofessional collaboration Contact lens red eye Contact lens solutions Dry eye In addition to drawing on the most up-to-date information, … [ Read More ]
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