Myopia—of the diagnostic sort— can have unfortunate consequences when a physician fails to see the early signs of ocular disorders.
This was the central theme of a five-man panel at the American Medical Association's 19th Clinical Convention, detailing the nonophthalmologist's approach to eye problems.
Strabismus, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and diabetic retinopathy all manifest themselves in ways that the general physician can recognize, the ophthalmologists noted.
"This little organ is not to be forgotten by any practitioner," Thomas D. Duane, MD, panel chairman, told JAMAMedical News. "The eye is not solely the province of the ophthalmologist." Dr. Duane is professor and head of the Ophthalmology Department, Jefferson Medical College.
A particularly weighty responsibility exists for the "family doctor" to educate parents in childhood eye problems, said Gunter K. vonNoorden, MD.
On the advice of their physicians, "parents do not hesitate to put their child through sophisticated immunization programs," noted the