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.

Alabama Scope Bill Fails to Pass the House

The legislation would’ve allowed the state’s ODs to perform various in-office procedures. Advocates vow to retrench and try again.

Virginia ODs Can Now Perform Laser Surgery

Similar bills make legal strides in Colorado and Utah, while Washington state will need to resubmit next year.

Several States Launch Scope Expansion Bills into Play

Virginia and Utah are pushing to add laser privileges for their ODs.

Congress Calls for Tightened Scrutiny on Questionable DTC Tactics

The House members specifically cited media reports that suggest Hubble Contacts skirted federal regulations by using older materials and switching Rx lenses for other brands.

CA, NY Win Expanded Scope of Practice Authorities

California optometrists can now treat all non-cancerous anterior segment conditions and permanently administer COVID vaccines, while New York ODs gained oral med Rx privileges.

Major Eye Disorders Represent Growing Burden on Medicare

More than 40% of the enrolled population is affected by ocular conditions and the numbers are increasing.

UN Adopts New Eye Care Resolution

International effort will attempt to mitigate preventable sight loss affecting over one billion people worldwide.

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