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.

Oklahoma secures optometry’s latest win over vision plan abuses

A new law in Oklahoma provides a check on abuses by dominant prepaid vision plans (vision benefit managers). Patients and doctors of optometry win.

What kind of impact is optometry making on the nation’s eye health?

New study by economists underscores the role of optometry and how scope of practice expansion bodes well for patients and doctors.

‘Profits over patients cannot continue’ with VBMs; Texas testifies at health insurance hearing

As Texas defends its landmark law curbing vision benefit managers (VBMs), doctors of optometry testify at a hearing on the state’s health insurance market.

Kentucky attorney general holds Warby Parker accountable for its online vision test

Enduring advocacy by the Kentucky Optometric Association regarding retailer’s online eye test shows results as its state attorney general reaches settlement with Warby Parker that results in a fine announced May 10.



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New York assembly bill potentially sows division in health care

Focus should be on collective care and not burdening doctors of optometry who are providing patients with the benefit of their advanced education, training and care. Organized medicine has opposed the growing scope authority of optometrists around the country and the bill echoes recent efforts to stymie optometry’s effort to provide greater access to care by patients.

California warily watches ‘not-a-doctor’ wording in Senate bill

A recently amended California bill tackles who can and can’t be called a doctor in California. The California Optometric Association is on top of the issue, making sure the exclusionary wording does not apply to the state’s doctors of optometry. Not-a-doctor legislation emerged in several states last year, each effort defeated by optometry.

Latest: Texas defends landmark vision plan law

Texas optometrists stand alongside the State as a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the new vision plan law now heads before an appellate court.

West Virginia adds optometric surgical procedures

The state board’s legislative rule change, approved by the governor and effective immediately, expands Mountain State doctors’ scope of practice to include eyelid procedures.

Florida optometrists quash effort—again—to pass ‘not-a-doctor’ bill

“Not-a-doctor” bills have resurfaced again during this legislative session, after state affiliates and the AOA defeated similar pushes across the country in 2023. In Florida, on the last day of the legislative session, a bill there to limit the use of specific medical titles failed.

South Dakota secures scope expansion for injections, optometric laser procedures

South Dakota’s scope victory makes it the twelfth state in the nation to authorize doctors of optometry for ophthalmic lasers, bolstering patients’ access to this level of care.