Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Susan Pedigo

Second Advisor

Anne Cafer

Third Advisor

Emily Rowland

Relational Format



The aim of this thesis is to explore and present the auxiliary responsibilities of doctors of optometry, particularly those involved with primary health care such as screening for serious diseases. This idea was approached by researching the technological capabilities of optometrists, the diseases and conditions they commonly detect, as well as the barriers preventing some people from receiving proper eye care. The importance of optometrists as primary care providers is steadily rising alongside their capabilities. There are many instances within a routine eye exam in which an optometrist is able to detect and recommend treatment of a serious disease. Also discussed is the need for this high level of care to become more readily available in underserved communities. Optometric care is a critical pillar within the realm of health care and is underrepresented in that it also serves as primary screening for patients unlikely to visit a physician.

Included in

Optometry Commons



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