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    It’s just us

    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    It’s the time of year when state legislatures convene to do the people’s business. Which means it is also the time optometry undertakes legislation to expand scope of practice to better care for our patients. For better or worse, we are a legislated profession. News abounds of the various states attempting to add this or that to their optometric scope of practice acts.

    If you've never been involved in this process, I highly recommend you participate in your  state’s efforts. It is an eye-opening experience. An old saying goes that there are two things you never want to see: sausage being made and laws being passed.

    Previously from Dr. Bowling: I have an office mascot

    That figurative pungent aroma emanating from your state capital is legislation being crafted. It is not an easy nor gentle process. I can recall years ago my blood boiling during an open floor hearing when the opposition stated how Georgia residents would die in the streets if optometrists were given the right to prescribe topical beta-blockers.

    When optometrists go before their state governing body attempting to enact a piece of legislation to enhance patient care, it seems that every special interest group comes out of the woodwork against us. Ophthalmology, the general medical lobby, you name ‘em, they come out to lobby against us.

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    Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO
    Dr. Ernie Bowling is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometry Times. He received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in ...

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