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    What's new in optometry law



    This is the second in a series of regular legislative updates on new laws that affect optometrists around the country. The laws governing optometrists across the country are constantly evolving, so it can be hard to keep track of who can do what from state to state. New laws in one state can lay the groundwork for similar changes in another.

    “Every state initiative can advance our profession and is important to the American Optometric Association (AOA),” says AOA President Steve Loomis, OD.  

    Some of the new laws are smaller victories, while others will change the way optometrists in that state do business. And other victories came in the form of blocking laws that would be threats to optometry.

    “Of course, state associations determine their own specific priorities for each legislative session, and the AOA works state-by-state to help pass these bills, including for expansion of scope, to fix abusive policies imposed by insurers and vision plans, and to strengthen public health and quality care safeguards,” says Dr. Loomis. “Also, whenever and wherever there is a concern about bill attacking optometry or potentially undermining patient care, the AOA helps state associations fight back and defeat it.”

    Missed our last legislative update? Check it out here!

    Check out the latest optometric laws from around the country.


    Colleen E. McCarthy
    Colleen McCarthy is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland area and a former editor of Optometry Times. She is a 2010 graduate of the ...


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