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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.

Doctors of optometry obtain $2.1 billion in federal relief to blunt COVID-19 economic crisis

Even as doctors of optometry receive the much-needed funds, the AOA remains committed to advocating for optometry’s inclusion in federal crisis measures. Reminder: the deadline to apply for relief has been extended to May 31.

AOA pushes Amazon to sufficiently address inappropriate contact lens sales

The global e-commerce retailer again came to the AOA’s attention over posts from contact lens sellers that didn’t appear to meet FCLCA patient protection provisions requiring valid prescriptions.

Starting April 1, patients must acknowledge receipt of their contact lens prescriptions or provide consent to email it

Despite yearslong opposition by the AOA, other medical groups and many in Congress, the government’s Contact Lens Rule changes requiring confirmations and recordkeeping for at least three years are in effect. The Federal Trade Commission confirms it has authority to seek fines for noncompliance.

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April 1 Medicare sequester date arrives: Congress eyes action on physician pay cuts, PRF taxability

Help AOA advocate for a fix on these issues immediately affecting optometry practices—a 2% Medicare pay cut and taxability of HHS Provider Relief Funds.

Expanded COVID-19 vaccinator workforce includes doctors and students of optometry

The federal recognition of optometry’s utility in current COVID-19 vaccination efforts comes after weeks of AOA advocacy. Here’s how to get started.

‘Frustrating’ NBEO decisions provoke AOA, AOSA response

Abrupt schedule and fee changes, limited availabilities and a lack of advanced communication draw criticism from students and a word of warning that confidence is fading in the testing agency.

Congress’ COVID-19 relief package: HHS funds, ERC extension and more

The $1.9 trillion relief package includes the extension and funding of many federal initiatives that AOA supported in assisting optometry practices still coping with the pandemic fallout.

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.