Health care reform comes with strict new government standards for evidence-based health care. Now, the first guideline developed to help optometrists meet those standards is available for review and public input during a 30-day comment period. The general public, along with practicing optometrists and other stakeholders, can review the AOA Evidence-Based Guideline on Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus and submit comments for consideration, according to the AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee. To participate in the review process, record all comments and suggestions on the Peer & Public Review Document available here. Save the document and forward to QualityImprovement@aoa.org, or by mailing to AOA Guideline Development Group, American Optometric Association, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Floor 1, St. Louis, MO 63141, or faxing to 314-991-4101.
The document will be accessible for review online for 30 days. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 30. The AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee plans to release a final version of the guideline in January 2014.