The Maryland Optometric Association (MOA) introduced a bill to the state legislature that would expand its scope of practice in the state. The bill would allow ODs to order tests, Rx all agents, remove foreign bodies and put Maryland (MD) on par with other states.
1-800 Contacts is ramping up its fight against organized optometry at the state and federal levels over legislation that would change important aspects of contact lens prescriptions and dispensing, such as longer expiration dates, elimination of contact lens brand on the Rx, and enacting a contact lens patient bill of rights.
This is the second in a series of regular legislative updates on new laws that affect optometrists around the country. The laws governing optometrists across the country are constantly evolving, so it can be hard to keep track of who can do what from state to state. New laws in one state can lay the groundwork for similar changes in another.