Rarely is there a public policy that’s discussed for more than three decades in the halls of Florida’s Capitol, but the debate over allowing optometrists to prescribe oral medications has been a longtime in the making. To the benefit of Florida’s patients, this session, all impacted parties came together and reached an agreement that increases access to quality primary eye care for all Floridians.
The law, which becomes effective July 1 of this year, aligns Florida with 47 other states in the nation by allowing optometrists to prescribe approved oral medications for the treatment of eye diseases and conditions. Additionally, this law reflects a myriad of provisions that provide for a clear, straightforward framework to ensure patient safety is never compromised.
On behalf of the Florida Optometric Association and all of the patients we care for, we thank Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford – without their steadfast support of this issue, countless Floridians wouldn’t be able to receive the proper eye care they need and deserve.
Florida’s optometrists will continue to be dedicated to providing quality primary eye care to our communities, and we are grateful for this important opportunity.
Ken Lawson, Florida Optometric Association, Bradenton