The Brazilian optometry has been recognized by the Supreme Court, in a historical judgment that unanimously attested its legality (10 X 0 votes) to optometrists with superior education (Bachelors).
This is a good opportunity to develop the Optometrist´s work, worldwide consolidated towards the prevention of blindness with emphasis on the detection of uncorrected refractive errors.
Universities with the support of the Brazilian Council of Optics and Optometry (CBOO), Regional Optometry entities, CROO’s and SINDIÓPTICA will have now a better scope and opportunity to work together to address the eye care challenges on the prevention of blindness.
Optometry activities in Brazil are performed mainly in optics, with authorization from health department. In a smaller amount, there are also optometry offices and now the challenge ahead will be to strength the coordinated work with all the eye care and health sector.
The Unified Health System (SUS) is the Brazilian public health system, and now with the decision of the Supreme Court, will have the opportunity to increase the number of authorized optometry offices.
The challenge ahead will be to strength the level of training and practice throughout Brazil within recommendations made by CBOO, ALDOO and WCO, aligning the scope of practice with international models.
Following the recognition of optometry, a broad scientific research is starting to be outlined by the University of Brasília (UnB), with the involvement of national optometry universities, such as the University of Contestado (UnC), other world universities and strong support from the Brazilian Council of Optics and Optometry (CBOO) and World Council of Optometry (WCO).
With the results of this initiative, it is intended to reduce the social impact generated by visual and ocular health problems and the strategy of diffusion and incorporation of optometrists in the public health environment, within the recommendations of international bodies such as UN, WHO, IAPB, reducing the time of care to the new demands in visual and eye health as well as the costs arising from this care.
PHOTO – FROM RIGHT TO LEFT: Councilman Edgard Duarte (City of Goiânia-Go), José Geraldo (Optometrist and President Sindióptica Go), Councilman Leandro Sena (Author of the Budget Amendment), Leandro Fleury Rosa (Optometrist, VP Sindióptica Go), Marlon César Silva (Optometrist, Sindióptica Go Director), Luis Carlos Silva (Optometrist, Sindióptica Go Director).