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Scope of Practice

Seven States Remain Active in Battles for Laser Authority

With one victory and four losses charted in the last few months, it’s already been a busy year for scope expansion. Here’s the latest on where efforts stand.
March 26, 2024

South Dakota Scope Expansion Bill Signed by Governor

The state’s ODs have earned the right to pursue lasers, injections and IPL.
March 8, 2024

Wisconsin ODs Embrace Expansive Scope, Brace for MD Challenge

The current law on the books does not require explicit enumeration of every privilege and procedure, giving optometrists there more autonomy to evolve their skillsets and offerings as the profession grows.
March 1, 2024

At Least Eight States Pushing Lasers in 2024

None secured this scope win in 2023, so this year, advocacy efforts are ramping up to ensure legislators understand the importance of these bills.
January 26, 2024

California Laser Bill Killed Without Explanation

The legislation was moved to the ‘suspense file’ by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, meaning there was no vote or rationale provided.
January 25, 2024

Nebraska Introduces Bill to Allow Optometrists to Perform SLT

LB 216 will soon be voted on by the state’s Health and Human Services Committee following last week’s hearing.
December 26, 2023

Alabama Laser Bill Killed Before Senate Vote

Just prior to a scheduled public hearing, Healthcare Committee members nixed the effort with no further explanation. Undaunted, the ALOA vows to reintroduce in 2024.
December 21, 2023

New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Allowing ODs to Administer Vaccines

This includes those for influenza, COVID-19 and shingles. The law takes effect in 60 days.
December 19, 2023

Washington Optometric Scope Bill Signed by Governor

The new law, enacted yesterday, will allow qualified ODs in the state to perform chalazion removal, certain injections and non-cosmetic eyelid surgery, as well as use topical and injectable anesthesia and prescribe oral steroids.
December 18, 2023

Vermont to Introduce Laser Bill Next Month

The state’s Office of Professional Regulation has come around to supporting the expansion of optometry’s practice scope after opposing it back in 2020.
December 5, 2023