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Pros and Cons of Physician Extenders

by Andrew Morgenstern, OD, Walt Whitley, OD

The use of physician extenders (PEs) is becoming an increasingly common staffing model in medical practices. Walt and Andy explain how they feel regarding the use of PEs in optometry. Should physicians’ assistants and nurse practitioners have a role in treating patients, or does the lack of formal optometric training have a negative effect on the level of care patients receive in an eye care practice?

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