Journal article

What do patients think about the role of optometrists in providing advice about smoking and nutrition?

Laura E Downie, Amanda Douglass, Daryl Guest, Peter R Keller

OPHTHALMIC AND PHYSIOLOGICAL OPTICS | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

PURPOSE: Tobacco smoking and nutrition are key lifestyle factors with long-term effects on eye health. However, little is known about patients' perceptions and experiences in these areas in relation to the care received from optometrists. The main aim was to survey patients' perceptions and prior experience regarding the role of optometrists in enquiring and providing advice about tobacco smoking and nutrition. METHODS: An anonymous, paper-based survey was distributed to a convenience sample of 225 adults attending the University of Melbourne eye care clinic. Respondents provided demographic and other information (age, sex, length of time since last eye examination, country of most recent ey..

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