Ensuring doctors of optometry can practice to the highest level of medical eye care and that patients have access to the primary eye health care they provide across the country. Stay up to date on state legislation and regulation affecting the profession.

Kansas Insurance Department puts vision plans on notice

After the Kansas Optometric Association and doctors of optometry there raised concerns, the Kansas Insurance Department says it will enforce the state Vision Care Services Act. Want to learn more about third party advocacy? Save the date for the AOA Payer Advocacy Summit, Nov. 15-16.

State advocates ‘fighting to defend and advance our profession’

The Advancing Optometry: State Advocacy Summit 2021, Aug. 30-31, convened hundreds of state advocates and leaders to prepare for current and future statehouse challenges.

The scope of success

Coming off a pandemic-stricken year no less, states logged historic scope wins that helped to better realize optometry’s full prowess as primary eye care providers. An upcoming virtual summit offers state advocacy volunteers and leaders, and optometry’s advocates, an opportunity to collaborate on best practices.

State Advocacy Summit amplifies lessons from year of historic scope victories

Advancing Optometry: State Advocacy Summit 2021, Aug. 30-31, is a virtual opportunity for state advocacy volunteers and leaders, and optometry’s advocates, to collaborate on best practices.

Equip to Expand Scope

Americans deserve 21st-century optometric eye health and vision care. Learn how advocating for change in your state can advance the profession’s future.
Texas scope expansion gains doctors of optometry oral meds, glaucoma authority

Texas becomes the latest state to achieve a significant scope expansion in 2021, earning doctors’ authority to prescribe oral eye medications and independently manage glaucoma.

History made: Wyoming expands scope to include contemporary laser, excision procedures

Wyoming’s approval of contemporary optometric procedures, including laser and excision authorities, goes down in history as the first time in a single year that two states accomplished the scope expansion.

Mississippi scope progresses, other states seeing early successes

Mississippi zeros in on becoming the latest state to authorize certain laser procedures while other state affiliates report positive progress with their own legislation.

8 states authorize doctors of optometry to give COVID-19 vaccinations: The latest

Congresswoman encourages federal recognition of optometry’s utility in COVID-19 vaccinations nationwide as more states activate doctors of optometry alongside new vaccine developments.

Massachusetts scope win adds glaucoma authority

A scope expansion years in the making was signed into law with a comprehensive health care and telehealth bill on New Year’s Day.

Going further

The practice of optometry cannot move forward without expanding advocacy efforts and educational and professional development efforts. Are you ready to take your practice—and your profession—to the next level?