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Scope of Practice

VA Expands Scope of Practice for Its ODs

Guidelines that previously stated that “only” ophthalmologists can perform invasive procedures have been revised to include “or optometrists,” provided the state law allows it.
November 8, 2022

The Case Against Optometry: How Detractors Argue Glaucoma Surgery is for MDs

In a position paper, the AGS cites reasons including “insufficient” training and a lack of evidence to support that scope expansion improves eyecare access.
October 5, 2022

California Governor Vetoes Optometric Laser Bill

Rationale relies on spurious claims of shortcomings in training, say OD supporters of expansion.
September 29, 2022

California Passes Historic Bill Allowing Optometric Surgery

The state’s nearly 7,000 ODs will soon have the opportunity to pursue laser procedures, lesion removal, several types of injections and corneal crosslinking.
September 1, 2022

California ODs Prep for Action on Scope Bill

The legislation may face the whole Senate as early as this week, and the COA calls on optometrists to step in and help get it passed.
August 16, 2022