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Bureau of State Services projects in vision and loss of vision

COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAM

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Pennsylvania State College of

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NEUROLOGICAL AND SENSORY DISEASES PROGRAM

Elmar Lawaczeck, M.D.

Department of Ophthalmology,

University of Alabama Medical

Community Glaucoma Evaluation

Service.

Nathan J. Schneider, Ph.D.

Laboratory Diagnosis of Chronic Eye

Disease Due to Toxoplasmosis.
Population Study of Glaucoma Tests.

Iowa State Department of Health - Mansour F. Armaly, M. D.

Johns Hopkins University School | Frank B. Walsh, M.D.

Clinical Electroretinography.

Leon J. Taubenhaus, M.D.

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Visual Screening of 3- Through 5

Year-Old Children.

15, 452
10,300
8, 974
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6, 600
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27, 672
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Michigan Department of Hcalth.- John A. Cowan, M.D.

Metropolitan Detroit Glaucoma

Screening Project.

The Research Foundation, State

William U. Delaney, M.D.

Establishment of Eye

Laboratory.

Pathology

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Project No.

Period

Grantee

CH 40-46 A-64.

Apr. 1, 1961–
Mar, 31, 1965

Optometry.

N0102 A63

July 1, 1963–
June 30, 1966

Center.
Florida State Board of Health.

N1001C64.

Aug. 1, 1962-
July 31, 1965

N1702B64.

Sept. 1, 1963-
Aug. 31, 1968

N2204A64

of Medicine.

Jan. 1, 1964

Dec. 31, 1966
Dec. 1, 1962-
Feb. 28, 1966

N2301 B64.

Brookline Health Department.

N2402B63.

Jan. 1, 1962-
Dec. 31, 1965

N3404A 63.

Sept. 1, 1963-
Aug. 31, 1967

University of New York.

N3408 A 64.

May 1, 1964-
June 30, 1967

Hospital

N3901A62

Sept. 1, 1962- Oregon State Board of Health

N4602B63

N5201 A63.

July 1, 1963-
Dec. 31, 1965

West Virginia University

Robert R. Trotter, M.D..

Continuing Glaucoma Detection Pro

gram at West Virginia University. NEUROLOGICAL AND SENSORY DISEASE SERVICE PROGRAM

VISION STUDIES

Contracts

Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, 1958–59: Glaucoma detection in a general clinic.

Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., 1959–60: A study to determine if the occurrence of glaucoma among blood relatives of patients with glaucoma was greater than among normal population group.

National Analysts, Philadelphia, Pa., 1961–62: A study of cataract patients to determine motivations in submitting to corrective surgery.

Johns Hopkins University, 1962: A study to test the effectiveness of the tonofilm as a barrier to bacteria and virus.

University of North Carolina, 1962–63: Followup experience of positive glaucoma screenees in North Carolina.

Michigan State Department of Health, 1962–63: A study of glaucoma case finding among relatives of persons known to be blind from chronic glaucoma.

American Bio-Chemical Co., Baltimore, Md., 1961-62: Develop and produce disposable sterile tonometer membranes.

Richard Rush Studio, Inc., Chicago, Ill., 1963: Develop and deliver plastic models of the human head to be used in the teaching of tonometry.

Marquette University School of Medicine, Wisconsin, 1962 to present: Plan, conduct, and analyze the results of a glaucoma screening study.

University of Tennessee College of Medicine, 1961 to present: Conduct a study of screening methods employed in glaucoma detection.

Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1964 to present: A study on the relationship between diabetes and glaucoma.

Permanente Medical Group, Oakland, Calif., 1962–64: A study of the validity of the MacKay-Marg tonometer as a screening instrument for early detection of chronic simple glaucoma.

Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Washington University, St. Louis, 1957–59: Glaucoma test evaluation for collaborative study.

Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 1962 to present: Conduct a study of natural history of ocular changes.

Brookline Health Department, Brookline, Mass., 1962 to present: Vision testing and correction for nursing home residents. Agreements

Freedmen's Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1962–64; Glaucoma case-finding study on the association between glaucoma and other systemic diseases.

Freedmen's Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1962–64: Study of relationship between glaucoma and diabetes. Staff study

Philadelphia, Pa., 1957: Glaucoma case-finding followup study.

Mr. ROBERTS. This will conclude the hearings on H.R. 8546, and we thank the witnesses who have appeared.

I would like to have the committee's attention in executive session for just a few minutes. (The following material was submitted for inclusion in the record :)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D.C., May 26, 1964. Hon. KENNETH A. ROBERTS, Chairman, House Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety, Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN : My bill H.R. 8705 is companion to H.R. 8546 and other such legislation designed to amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act so as to extend to qualified schools of optometry and students of optometry those provisions thereof relating to student loan programs.

With an interest in conserving the time of your subcommittee in its deliberations, I would appreciate your submitting to the record of hearings this letter as evidence of my support of this legislation, this in lieu of my appearance before your subcommittee.

The highly technical age in which we live requires good vision, both for our safety and for maximum benefits from the products of technology that are all about us.

It is indeed unfortunate that optometry was not included in the Health Professions Education Assistance Act of 1963, the authority (Public Law 88–129) which provided student loans to individuals studying medicine, den. tistry, and osteopathy. The legislation which is the subject of this subcommittee's deliberations will move forward to correct this omission.

There is a very definite need for this type of legislation, for it is estimated that today there are only about 16,000 optometrists in the United States. This number falls far short of satisfying our needs, for, as reported by Dr. W. Judd Chapman, president of the American Optometric Association, there is this need for vision services in the general population:

An estimated 100 million people in the United States, as many as 58 percent of the population, require some form of vision care; that is, correction by glasses, visual training, or other types of treatment.

About 9,800,000 children need vision care, and it is estimated that a large number of these children should be wearing glasses.

About 350,000 persons are legally blind. Some 75 percent of this number can be rehabilitated to function as normally sighted persons.

Some 1,500,000 persons are blind in one eye. Approval of the legislation that is before this subcommittee would work to broaden the base of these optometric services, doing this by providing inducements for students to enter into this highly specialized field. Because of this. I respectfully urge that this subcommittee approve the object of H.R. 8705 and other similar legislation.

Mr. Chairman, I deeply appreciate having the opportunity to present this letter of support to the record of hearings on this legislation relating to qualified schools of optometry and students of optometry. Respectfully yours,

CLIFFORD G. MCINTIRE,

Member of Congress. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D.C, May 26, 1964. Hon. KENNETH A. ROBERTS, Chairman, Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety, Committee on Interstate

and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: I take this means of expressing my support for H.R. 8546, your bill to amend the Public Health Service Act so as to extend to qualified schools of optometry and students of optometry those provisions thereof relating to student loan programs.

I also submit for inclusion in the record of the hearings now being held on this
legislation a supporting telegram which I have recently received from E. E.
Bach, O.D., president of the Alaska Optometric Association.
Thanking you, I am,
Sincerely,

RALPH J. RIVERS,
Member of Congress.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, May 24, 1964. Hon. R. J. RIVERS, House Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

Due to national shortage of optometry graduates, all Alaska Optometric Association members request your support in approval of H.R. 8546. Financial requirements of optometry students are the same as for equivalent professions of dentistry and medicine due to academic training duration.

Please include this statement in record of hearing taking place May 26, before House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and Public Safety, chaired by Congressman Kenneth Roberts, of Alabama.

E. E. BACH, 0.D., President, Alaska Optometric Association.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D.C., May 26, 1964. Hon. KENNETH A. ROBERTS, Chairman, Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety, House Interstate and

Foreign Commerce Committee, Washington, D.C. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: I have today received correspondence from a constituent, Dr. Richard E. Revilla, president of the Vermont Optometric Association, Inc.

Dr. Revilla has asked that his support of H.R. 8546 be made a part of the official records of the hearings taking place before the Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety, In his letter he stated :

"I feel that there is a definite need for more optometrists and that this may very well be the stimulant needed to induce more people to enter into optometry.” Sincerely yours,

ROBERT T. STAFFORD,

Member of Congress.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY,

Washington, D.C., May 25, 1964. Hon. KENNETH A. ROBERTS, Chairman, Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety, House Interstate and

Foreign Commerce Committee, Washington, D.C. DEAR KENNETH : Dpclosed is a telegram which I have received from Dr. B. W. Madden, president, Kentucky Optometric Association, in support of Federal loans to optometry students as provided for in H.R. 8546.

I want to express my interest in this provision for optometry students and every consideration shown the request of Dr. Madden will be appreciated by

I will be grateful if his communication to me is made a part of the official record of hearings in connection with H.R. 8546. With best wishes, I am, Sincerely yours,

FRANK CHELF,

Member of Congress.

FRANKFORT, KY., May 22, 1964. Representative FRANK CHELF, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.:

Request your support of Federal loans to optometry students as provided in H.R. 8546.

Thirty-eight counties in Kentucky do not have adequate visual care and new optometrists are not replacing those that die or retire.

Please include this statement in the record of hearings that will take place May 26 before House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and Public Safety, chaired by Congressman Kenneth Roberts, of Alabama. Thank you.

B. W. MADDEN, O.D., President, Kentucky Optometric Association.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D.C., May 21, 1964. Hon. KENNETH ROBERTS, Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

DEAR KENNETH: I understand that you are scheduling hearings for next Tuesday on H.R. 8546, which would amend the Health Professions Education Assistance Act of 1963 to include students in the field of optometry under the provisions

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of the act. The purpose of this letter is to endorse this bill and to urge that the committee take appropriate action to approve this very worthwhile legislation. With best wishes, I remain, Yours sincerely,

GEORGE HUDDLESTON, Jr. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D.C., June 5, 1964. Hon. KENNETH ROBERTS, Chairman, Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety.

DEAR CONGRESSMAN ROBERTS : On May 26 you conducted bearings on H.R. 8546. I would like to inform you and the committee of my emphatic support for this legislation. I feel that it would be in the best public interest as well as to optometry.

The State of Idaho is in need of optometrists, as there are not now an educated number to fulfill demands. I would appreciate your taking this note to the committee. Best personal regards,

RALPH HARDING,

Member of Congress. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D.C., May 22, 1964. Hon. KENNETH ROBERTS, Chairman, Public Health and Safety Subcommittee, House Interstate and

Foreign Commerce Committee, Washington, D.C. DEAR COLLEAGUE: The president of the Iowa Optometric Association, Dr. C. M. Long, has asked that I advise you that his association endorses H.R. 8546.

He requests that his association's endorsement of the legislation be included in the record of hearings on the legislation, Sincerely,

H. R, GROSS.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., May 21, 1964. Hon. AUGUST E. JOHANSEN, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.:

DEAR HONORABLE JOHANSEN : Please give your serious and favorable consideration to H.R. 8546. We are barely graduating enough optometrists to supply replacements for those retiring. Population increase demands more than we can supply. H.R. 8546 would provide assistance for optometry students. Please request this statement be included in hearing May 26 before House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and Public Safety, chaired by Congressman Kenneth Roberts of Alabama. Thanks.

RALPH M. HOWARD, O.D., President, Michigan Optometric Association.

AUSTIN, TEX., May 22, 1964. Hon. KENNETH A. ROBERTS, New House Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

May I express the vital concern of the Texas optometrist in H.R. 8546, to be considered Tuesday May 26. An amendment to include students and colleges of optometry is respectfully urged.

Dr. ROBERT E. Day, President of the Texas Optometric Association.

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