Population Eye Health
Population eye health management is largely focused on managing the eye health of a defined population by providing the most appropriate intervention for a specific patient at the most affordable point in the care cycle. Coherent's population eye health strategy is designed to close gaps in care.
Historically, routine eye care services have not been part of medical eye care. In most cases “vision care” is a carve out which is primarily focused on vision exams to correct refractive disorders like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism with the use of glasses and/or contact lenses. However, identifying and correcting refractive disorders are only a small part of evaluating the patients eye health and health in general. Dilated eye exams can provide early warning signs for several chronic conditions which can affect up to 28% of the population:
- Autoimmune disorders
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid disease
The healthcare landscape is shifting towards delivering better health outcomes more efficiently and at a lower cost. As a result, there are more and more incentives for health systems and providers to explore how data, analytics, and other population eye health management measures could benefit patients.
By partnering with primary care physicians through care coordination, optometrists and ophthalmologists can ensure that the patient is seeing the right doctor at the right time. Understanding this and with the goal of eliminating preventable blindness, Coherent's population eye health strategy takes a broad approach, focusing on prevention, early detection, patient engagement, improved access to care, and care coordination.