|Posted:||January 24, 2017 03:39 PM|
|From:||Senator John R. Gordner|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Moderization of the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act|
|Optometrists play a primary role in the everyday eye care for the citizens of our Commonwealth. Through eight years of education at a college or university and then an optometry school, they are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases or vision conditions. However, Pennsylvania continues to remain behind in regard to what other states allow an optometrist to do in providing timely access to care for patients.
Therefore, I will be introducing legislation that will amend the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act by doing the following:
--Revise the therapeutic drug approval process. Currently, the PA Secretary of Health approves
the therapeutic drugs that optometrists are allowed to prescribe. The bill will replace the Secretary
from this process with the State Board of Optometry and the Federal Drug Administration. It will also
allow an optometrist to order an imaging test appropriate for diagnosis and treatment of a disease or
condition of vision.
--The definition of the Practice of Optometry would be amended to include health care services related
to the eye and vision care services including the supply and preparation of eyeglasses.
--Clarifies that the Practice of Optometry includes the administration and prescription of drugs approved
by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of diseases and conditions of the eye.
--Clarifies that optometrists may not perform surgery and that any insurance procedure and billing
code may not be used to define surgery.
I invite your co-sponsorship of this legislation.
Introduced as SB668