State Advocacy

The State Government Relations Center (SGRC) provides information, guidance, advice, and resource assistance in all areas of state legislation and regulation affecting the profession of optometry to individual AOA members and the affiliated associations as well as to state legislators, regulators, third party payors, attorneys, the ophthalmic industry, the media, the public, and other interested persons. SGRC serves as a resource for state association political activities. In addition, SGRC maintains a database of all current optometry practice acts and optometry board regulations.

For further information or assistance on any of the following state law or legislative matter please contact Daniel Carey in the AOA Washington Office (, 800.365.2219, Ext. 1343).

State Law/Legislative Issues Regarding: Scope of Practice, Prescriptive Authority, Licensure and Regulation Issues, Licensure by Endorsement, Prescription Release, Optician Legislation, State Law Database, Mandatory Children's Eye Exam, Insurance/Managed Care/Access Legislation, and Others