Richmond Lewis Scott, O.D.

Richmond Lewis Scott, O.D. Richmond Lewis Scott, of Indiana, worked diligently to advance the profession's scope of practice to improve patient care. He led by example, whether he was chairing a committee, building a model practice, or fighting a political battle.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Scott received numerous honors, including the American Optometric Association's Optometrist of the Year in 1984; a Distinguished Practitioner from The National Academy of Practice; two-time OD of the Year from the Indiana Optometric Association (the only optometrist to receive the honor twice), in addition to their Distinguished Service Award and two Meritorious Service Awards, culminating in 1993 with presentation of the IOA's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Scott served as president of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and President of the International Association of Boards of Optometry. He was president of the Indiana Optometry Board, on which he served for 17 years. He was a strong proponent of mandatory continuing education for health care providers and was the key proponent of legislation in Indiana to require continuing education for optometrists.

In the early 1970s, with the interpretation that "diagnosis by any means" allowed for the use of legend drugs, Dr. Scott set out across Indiana to promote the expansion of the scope of care, speaking at all twelve optometric societies to expand the use of pharmaceutical agents that served optometry until the passage of a new therapeutic law. Dr. Scott testified in many states at legislative hearings on therapeutic drug laws.

Two decades later, Indiana Governor Evan Bayh called upon Dr. Scott to chair the Optometric Legend Drug Prescription Advisory Committee (OLDPAC) that would implement rules and determine the range of drugs prescribed. The committee included two optometrists, one ophthalmologist, a pharmacologist and a research pharmacologist who was also a physician. Dr. Scott took the time to establish the relationships before pushing for adoption of the rules, thus enabling committee passage of the first rules, despite a strong lobby against it.

Dr. Scott built a model practice, starting with a small town practice in rural Indiana and growing to five offices across the state, with three being dedicated low vision clinics. Today, the Low Vision Centers bring low vision services to thousands of patients who previously had no access to care.

Dr. Scott served his country in World War II, and was a prisoner of war for 16 months. Upon his return, he gave back to his community, involved in school screenings and providing vision care in nursing homes.