In 2022, optometrists saw legislative victories in Virginia — where optometrists can now perform YAG laser capsulotomies, selective laser trabeculoplasties, and laser peripheral iridotomies — and Colorado — where ODs can now perform those laser procedures, as well as removal and biopsy of some eyelid lesions, incision and curettage of a chalazion, and simple eyelid laceration repair.1,2 Primary eye care clinicians have also seen defeats, such as in California, where a similar bill was vetoed by the governor.3
The research side of eye care also had an eventful year, with evolving management options for myopia, meibomian gland dysfunction, presbyopia, Demodex, and postoperative vision care.
All these advancements and challenges were covered by Optometry Advisor in its first full year. As more clinical experts have discovered the site’s independent voice and dedication to serving the optometric community, more have joined the cause and helped keep Optometry Advisor comprehensive, up-to-date, and engaging. There’s still time to join us (sign up for our free, daily curated newsletter here). Here’s just a sample of what Optometry Advisor had to offer in 2022.
The editorial staff wishes to thank all the optometrists who have taken the time to share their expertise through the site, as well as those who faithfully read it. We already have so many exciting projects underway for 2023 and, along with them, opportunities for optometrists to share their expertise and build their skills. We hope you’ll take advantage of all Optometry Advisor has to offer.
- Virginia gains optometric laser procedures for glaucoma, post-cataract care. American Optometric Association. Published March 10, 2022. Accessed December 20, 2022. https://www.aoa.org/news/advocacy/state-advocacy/virginia-scope-advancement.
- Huge scope victory for Colorado doctors of optometry. American Optometric Association. Published June 8, 2022. Accessed December 20, 2022.
- AB 2236. California Assembly Bill. Fast Democracy. Updated September 28, 2022. Accessed December 20, 2022. https://fastdemocracy.com/bill-search/ca/20212022/bills/CAB00024692/