Legislative update.

Things that have been handled:
Indiana – HB 1331 – sought to repeal Indiana’s ban on prescribing ophthalmic devices through telemedicine (i.e. Opternative).  The bill did not pass due to the strong action by Indiana Optometrists.

Bills in the works:
Georgia – SB 221, expand scope to include lid and subconj injections.
Maryland  SB 611, HB 807 – expand scope to include orals, order and perform diagnostic tests and remove foreign bodies.  Click here to support.
North Carolina – HB 36, expand scope to include lasers (YAG, LPI, SLT) and periorbital skin lesion removal.  Click here to support.

If you want to help but can’t swing a trip to DC to advocate there, money does talk.  The AOA PAC or ODsOnSuperPac (founded by Alan Glazier of OD’s on Facebook) is a great place to donate to your profession.

Jaclyn Garlich
Dr. Garlich graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 2010 and completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the St. Louis VA. In 2013, she developed an optometry clinical reference mobile app available in the iTunes store. In 2016, she founded 20/20 Glance, a weekly optometry newsletter that gives a rundown on clinically relevant optometry news in an easy to digest format.

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