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Sunset Continue Regulation Of Optometry

Concerning the continuation of the regulation of optometry by the state board of optometry, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations in the 2021 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2022 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The act implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies (department), as specified in the department's sunset review of the state board of optometry (board), with modifications, by:

  • Continuing the board and the regulation of optometry for 11 years, until September 1, 2033;
  • Adding certain treatments and procedures to the scope of the practice of optometry;
  • Removing the exemption for optometrists from the requirement to notify the board in the event that the optometrist is unable to treat patients with reasonable skill and safety;
  • Removing references to the "National Board of Examiners in Optometry" and clarifying that the board may designate any national standardized examination that tests the applicant's ability to practice optometry as a requirement for licensure; and
  • Requiring an optometrist licensed by the board to complete certain education, examination, and reporting requirements to perform laser procedures or treat ocular adnexa.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details