Selling Sight: The Ethical Implications of Treating Eyecare as a Market Commodity
OBO #965

The two clinical cases presented here explore ethical dilemas in optometric care. The first case, "Selling Sight", explores conflict of interest between the Optometric Oath and caring for a less affluent patient in a clinical setting by a non-owner optometrist. The second case, "Midbrain or Malingering", discusses care for a patient of the age of medical consent in the foster care system. This course is pending approval to meet the biannual ethics requirement for the Oregon Board of Optometry.
  • To present a case involving ethical challenges of treating a minor of the age of medical consent in the foster care system
  • To introduce consequentialist theory and applications to the Optometric Oath
  • To weigh the possibility of malingering versus symptomatic neurological disease
  • To explore ethical concerns of interpreted exams and less-affluent patients
  • To discuss financial conflicts of interest with regard to optometric practice ownership
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