Headlines Pennsylvania Expands Optometrists’ Scope of Practice Patients ‘will have greater access to needed medications.’ Published 3 weeks ago on November 8, 2020 By INVISION Staff Share Tweet Pennsylvania has become the latest state to expand optometrists’ scope of practice. Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 29 signed an amendment to the state’s Optometric Practice and Licensure Act, according to the American Optometric Association. It “not only expands the ability of doctors of optometry to examine, diagnose and treat patients, but also gives the state board of optometry sole authority to set optometric formulary there. “Patients, now seeing their eye doctors, will have greater access to needed medications,” the AOA reported. “This legislation is a big win for optometry but, more importantly, for the citizens of Pennsylvania,” said David Evans, OD, president of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, which led the push for expanded scope. “The POA has actively been pursuing improvement in its scope of practice for the past 18 years,” AOA quoted Evans saying. “While other legislative victories have been achieved, our scope legislation has always faced fierce opposition.” Some provisions of the amendent are: Advertisement Eliminating the need for the secretary of health to approve medications for inclusion on the optometric formulary. Expanding the scope of optometric practice to allow medical treatment of all forms of glaucoma, including closed-angle glaucoma. Permit optometrists to treat dry eye and allergies without the need to consult with a licensed physician after six weeks of continuous treatment. Restoring the right of optometrists to prescribe codeine, hydrocodone and their various combinations has been restored. Giving optometrists the right to administer epinephrine auto injectors for the treatment of anaphylaxis. Related Topics:Latest News ToplegislationOptometry click to Comment(Comment) Up Next The Big Survey 2020: Performance Don't Miss Video: Florida Man Invents Robot to Place Contact Lenses INVISION Staff Since launching in 2014, INVISION has won 23 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INVISION's editors at [email protected]. Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEO SPONSORED BY SHAMIR Shamir Glacier PLUS™UV Utilizing the most advanced technologies, Shamir Glacier PLUS™ UV ensures you receive the most enhanced performance from your lenses. You may like Think You’re Having a Bad Day? ECPs Told Us Their Biggest Screwups This Seattle Practice Turned A Muralist Loose On Its Walls — With Stunning Results 19 Images That Will Change the Way You Think About Optical Lighting Promoted Headlines Make Them Yours: Specialty Coatings/Tints North American Coating Laboratories Introducing EssilorLuxottica 360 Essilor American Eyes 2020 — Safilo’s Celebration of U.S. Eye Care Professionals Continues Safilo Advertisement Latest Trending Videos The Big survey6 hours ago Think You’re Having a Bad Day? ECPs Told Us Their Biggest Screwups Best of the Best1 day ago This Seattle Practice Turned A Muralist Loose On Its Walls — With Stunning Results Photo Gallery2 days ago 19 Images That Will Change the Way You Think About Optical Lighting Press Releases2 days ago Prevent Blindness Declares December as ‘Give the Gift of Sight Month’ Columns4 days ago Increase Medicaid Patient Engagement With 3 Simple Steps Photo Gallery6 days ago Hilary Swank in Silhouette TMA Frames … and More Celebrity Eyewear Picks Headlines3 weeks ago Report: U.S. Vision to Lay Off 299 Workers Headlines3 weeks ago Pennsylvania Expands Optometrists’ Scope of Practice The Big survey1 week ago These 14 Industry Traditions Need to Die, ECPs Say Photo Gallery3 weeks ago Check Out These 17 Eye-Catching Optical Murals Headlines4 weeks ago Video: Florida Man Invents Robot to Place Contact Lenses Headlines4 weeks ago Video: Some Retailers Board Up Due to Election Unrest Fears Headlines1 month ago Video: Car Crashes Into Optometry Office; 4 Taken to Hospital Sponsored Content3 months ago Introducing EssilorLuxottica 360 Sponsored Webinars3 months ago Introducing Varilux® Comfort Max Lenses Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION. Advertisement Most Popular Photo Gallery6 days ago Hilary Swank in Silhouette TMA Frames … and More Celebrity Eyewear Picks Benchmarks6 days ago How 6 Eyecare Businesses Get the Word Out to the Right People — On a Budget The Big survey5 days ago 35 Time Management Hacks From Your Fellow ECPS The Big survey1 week ago ECPs Share COVID-19’s Life Lessons Products1 week ago 9 Brands That Ensure You’ll Look Good From Your Head to Your Toes Columns4 days ago Increase Medicaid Patient Engagement With 3 Simple Steps The Big survey6 days ago More Than 60% of ECP Businesses Expect Earnings to Fall This Year Mark Hinton1 week ago Are You Effectively Connecting with Patients Before, During and After Their Office Visit?