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.

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.

Industry Payments to Ophthalmologists on the Rise

The highest-funded research products were anti-VEGF agents, glaucoma treatments and IOLs. Just over 200 MDs collectively received two-thirds of the funding.

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.

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.

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.

“...Then You Win”

Optometry’s tenacity in fighting for its future is paying off, with a thriving profession looking to solidify its gains.

California Scope Bill Advances Through Senate

The legislation would permit ODs to perform three laser surgeries, remove lid lesions, give injections and do corneal crosslinking. Backers say rigorous training requirements might mollify detractors.

Affordable Care Act Didn’t Decrease Emergency Eyecare Visits

The good news is that the percentage of uninsured patients decreased from 19% to 14.3%.

Scope Expansion Wave Continues as Colorado Becomes 10th Laser State

“As-taught” law brings many new procedures into the fold, better reflecting the capabilities of ODs there, advocates say.

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March 1, 2023

Join your peers for a presentation on LOTEMAX® SM (loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel), 0.38% and VYZULTA® (latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution), 0.024%
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March 2, 2023

Eyeing Up Evaporation
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April 14-16, 2023

New Technologies & Treatments in Eye Care—Carlsbad, CA
Location: The Westin Carlsbad
Program Chair: Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO
Speakers: Douglas Devries, OD, Steve Ferrucci, OD, Selina McGee, OD, Rob Woolridge, OD
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