AOA Statement to Martha MacCallum Report—Bennett: War on drugs was not a failure, could be done again
Deirdre Middleton, 703.837.1437
The American Optometric Association (AOA) is demanding an immediate retraction, correction and an apology from Ms. Martha MacCallum, a Fox News personality who baselessly and irresponsibly attributed aspects of opioid abuse to the expanding scope of practice of doctors of optometry, our nation's family eye doctors.
Ms. MacCallum is wrong and is endangering public health by misleading the viewers of her broadcast about the essential role doctors of optometry have in eye health, vision care and assuring a patient's overall health. Although Ms. MacCallum has made a serious error, the AOA will make certain that she and others at Fox News are educated about the extensive medical education and training doctors of optometry have as well as the positive role the profession plays in fighting against opioid abuse and other urgent threats to public health.
With regard to your question--whether the EyeQue Vision Monitoring Kit is a good substitute for a trained professional, we can confidently say that, from a patient health and safety perspective, there is simply no replacement for an in-person comprehensive eye exam.
The Atlanta doctor of optometry and civil rights advocate fought to open doors for Black students interested in the profession, including helping to found the National Optometric Association.
The AOA, affiliates and doctors of optometry call on CVS to acknowledge that this offering will lower the overall level of eye health care received by the public and that this test places them in the ranks of questionable vision tests apps that have and should continue to be investigated by the FDA.