Pending legislation.

Alaska (HB103, via), Florida (SB1168 & HB1037, via) and North Carolina (HB36) all have bills that would allow their state board of optometry to be the sole authority in defining the practice of optometry and allow OD’s to perform certain laser and nonlaser procedures.
Is anyone opposed? Yes, Alaska OphthalmologyFlorida Ophthalmology and North Carolina Ophthalmology.

Connecticut // HB6012
Prohibits online prescriptions for glasses or contacts. (via)
Is anyone opposed? Yes, the Huffington post.

New York // SB5235
Allows OD’s to prescribe and use certain oral medications. (via)

Oklahoma
A proposed ballot that could allow voters to decide on whether OD’s can practice inside retail spaces like Walmart. (via here and here)

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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