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Regulatory Affairs: Scope-of-Practice Issue or Turf War?
Failed bill would have expanded procedures optometrists can perform.
Adam Taylor | Senior Editor
Publish Date: November 14, 2022   |  Tags:   Regulatory Affairs Ophthalmology Pediatrics
EYE STRAIN A recent legislative battle in California highlighted tension that exists between ophthalmologists and optometrists in many states across the country.

A proposal in California that would have expanded the scope of practice for optometrists in the state was passed by the state legislature, but Gov. Gavin Newsom effectively vetoed the bill by failing to sign it before it expired on Sept. 30.

Assembly Bill 2236 was supported by the California Optometric Association (COA), arguing that the measure was safe for patients and would have increased their access to critically needed eye care. Ophthalmologists and the California Medical Association (CMA), on the other hand, characterized the measure as radical and would have endangered patients because the optometrists insufficiently trained to perform invasive procedures.

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