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Optometrist-performed YAG capsulotomies shown effective, safe and beneficial for patients

September 14, 2023
Currently, licensed doctors of optometry in 10 states perform YAG laser capsulotomy and a new study provides further evidence to support its use in optometric practice.

2023 Legislative Victories Boost Optometry’s Credibility, More Changes Looming

August 25, 2023
After months of uncertainty, courtesy of a lingering Florida bill threatening to strip optometrists of their ‘physician’ title, a few 2023 legislative victories have given optometrists a reason to celebrate.
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Board of Optometry filed CR-101, Substitute Senate Bill 5389

July 25, 2023
The board is considering amendments to implement Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5389 (chapter 400, laws of 2023) which expands the optometrist scope of practice to include certain advanced procedures and establishes requirements for a license endorsement.
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Board of Optometry Rescinds Policy Statement OB 20-01.1 Continuing Education Requirements During the COVID-19 Response

June 12, 2023
After May 11, 2023 license renewal requirements return to a maximum of 10 hours of remote study and a maximum of 25 hours of self-directed study continuing education may count towards the total 50 hours.
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Breaking News: FL “Not A Doctor” Bill Vetoed in Victory for Doctors of Optometry

June 2, 2023
In a critical win, the Florida Optometric Association (FOA) shared the important announcement that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis today vetoed the proposed “Not a Doctor” bill, SB 230.
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Board of Optometry Recruitment

May 31, 2023
The Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance, is accepting applications to fill two vacancies on the Board of Optometry.
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Gov. Inslee Signs Bill to Update Optometric Scope of Practice

May 9, 2023
SSB 5389, Access to Eyecare Act, increases access to safe, quality eyecare
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Washington Scope Bill Awaiting Governor’s Signature

April 26, 2023
SSB 5389 would authorize ODs to perform several advanced procedures—excluding lasers—and expand prescribing rights.
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