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.

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.

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.
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?

Big scope expansion victories earned in Pennsylvania, Iowa, despite a turbulent year

While 2020 will be remembered for the COVID-19 crisis, AOA affiliates, including Arkansas, managed to successfully navigate the pandemic and opposition from ophthalmology to expand care for treating patients.

BREAKING: Optometry, patients win in Arkansas as ballot challenge to expanded practice law is invalidated

The high court’s ruling ends the current bid by an ophthalmology-backed effort to place the state’s new optometric scope of practice act on the ballot for November.

Court-appointed official deems signatures at heart of Arkansas scope saga invalid

The development comes as Arkansans for Healthy Eyes fights a well-funded, ophthalmologist-led group vying to dismantle the state’s scope of practice law in November’s election.

VSP policy change may violate states’ patient protection laws

VSP reimbursement changes, which take effect Sept. 1, may run counter to states’ laws as the AOA and affiliates challenge policies that could negatively affect patient care.