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.

Optometric Scope: Breaking Down Barriers

Here’s how ODs are challenging old boundaries—and what they can do once freed from them.

51 Flavors of Optometry

The profession’s fragmented legal basis lets some states surge while others languish, creating dozens of varieties.

South Dakota Scope Expansion Bill Signed by Governor

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

May 2, 2024

Rethinking Dry Eye Disease: A Contemporary Approach to a Complex Condition
Location: Virtual
Presenters:  Kamran Riaz, MD, and Melissa Barnett, OD
Webinar: 7:00pm ET

Sponsored by Bausch + Lomb

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May 17-19, 2024

New Technologies & Treatments in Eye Care and Intrepid Eye Society's Spring Conference

Location: Omni La Costa, Carlsbad, California
Co-Chairs: Paul M. Karpecki, OD, and Selina McGee, OD

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June 4, 2024

Rethinking Dry Eye Disease: A Contemporary Approach to a Complex Condition
Location: Virtual
Presenters:  Karl G. Stonecipher, MD, and Jessica Steen, OD
Webinar: 8:00pm ET

Sponsored by Bausch + Lomb

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