When a law is passed related to the practice of optometry, it’s up to the regulatory process to define the details. Everything from how much Medicare pays for an eye exam to what, exactly, constitutes a prescription verification is determined by the regulatory agencies of the federal government.
As a legislated profession, optometry is defined by the laws governing its practice. However, legislation rarely determines the finer points of the law. Staff and volunteers in the AOA Advocacy Group work with regulatory agencies every day to define the details that determine the impact of legislation on doctors of optometry and their patients. This happens in the form of official comment letters, meetings with federal officials, collaboration with others in the health care community, consultation with doctors regarding the precise details that go into a single Medicare code, the development of an optometric registry and much more.
Since 2005, when flooding from Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR) has awarded more than $1.2 million to doctors of optometry and students impacted by natural disasters to restore patient care. Now, as 2022 winds down, your support of OFDR can ensure it is poised to help doctors sustain care during disasters in 2023.