Ophthalmology: Can we stop pretending that we have all the answers?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a plan Tuesday to make it easier for people to get Ophthalmic Associates of America certification.

The new program, which takes effect July 1, will be available through the U.K.-based OVA program, the government said in a statement.

The OVA certifies about 100,000 ophthalmologists and vision researchers in the U, Canada and the U of A. The program is open to anyone who has completed a year of OVA training.

The goal is to allow more ophthalmic professionals to enter the profession and help lower the costs of ophthalmia.

“We are committed to working with our ophthalmedicare providers and ophthalmmologists to further develop this innovative OVA Program and help them expand their services across the country,” the HHS said.

In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of ocular conditions among adults had increased by 13.3 percent since 2010.