The California Optometric Association is about improving access to eye healthcare throughout California. This is your opportunity to Give voice, Create change, Achieve goals and Ensure the future.
OPTOMETRY - 1986
OPTOMETRY - 2019
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
1978 Legislation passed to allow DFE
1986 Medicare parity throughout the United States
1993 First attempt at therapeutics bill failed
2001 First passed therapeutics bill/foreign body removal and infection treatment and an essentially insurmountable glaucoma treatment pathway
2008 Second therapeutics bill passed with attainable glaucoma treatment
2010 ACA passed with Harkin amendment
2014 Third therapeutics bill to redefine optometry failed
2016 Fourth therapeutics bill to redefine optometry failed
2017 Fifth therapeutics bill to redefine optometry passed, greatly expanding the scope of practice – AB 433
1986 – 2019 Numerous attempts to roll back the clock or limit optometry or allow refraction by opticians defeated