The News Feed


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

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.
July 21, 2022

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%.
July 7, 2022

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.
June 9, 2022

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.
April 21, 2022

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.
March 11, 2022

Several States Launch Scope Expansion Bills into Play

Virginia and Utah are pushing to add laser privileges for their ODs.
January 31, 2022

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.
January 3, 2022

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.
October 27, 2021