Academic physicians with multiple partners in practice might see their own patients only or rotate care within a division among several specialists.

The practitioner is less likely to have continuity of care for all patients if he/she spends fewer days available to all patients in the clinic. Sub-specialists might only see a particular patient for a specific problem and then return the patient to the care of their primary eye doctor once the acute problem is solved.  Most private practice ophthalmologists have excellent continuity of care and may see the same patient from childhood to adulthood and into the geriatric years.