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Texas Optometrists Seek Expanded Scope of Practice

ODs would gain the right to manage glaucoma independently.

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Texas optometrists may be on the verge of winning an expanded scope of practice.

State legislators have approved a bill that is expected to hit the governor’s desk by the end of June, Healio reports. With the signature of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the measure would become law.

Tommy Lucas, OD, told Healio that a key provision of the bill is to allow optometrists “to prescribe any oral medication used to treat eye conditions.” To this point, they’ve been constrained to a limited formulary.

Another key point is that ODs would be able to manage glaucoma on their own, “without a mandatory comanagement process with an ophthalmologist,” Lucas said.

Other states that have enacted scope expansions for optometry this year include Wyoming and Mississippi.

Read more at the Healio

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