Optometry coalition pushes for new Texas eye care laws
Advocacy Group Forms to Advocate Improved Eye Care in Texas
AUSTIN -- Dr. Laurie Sorrenson says when she finds out a patient of hers at Lakeline Vision Source has dry eye syndrome, there's a roadblock she hits when providing care.
"We are allowed to prescribe oral antibiotics for 10 days only," Sorrenson said about the state's laws for optometrists.
Focus Texas coalition aims to change state's eye care laws
There is a new effort to improve access to eye care in the state. The Texas Optometric Association has formed Focus Texas.
Claire Kowalick covered this advocacy group for the Wichita Falls Times Record News.
“And it is a group of doctors, patients, and citizens [that] are concerned about the state of eye care in Texas,” she says.
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A newly formed state coalition says Texas has the fourth worst access to eye care in the nation and they want to do something about it.
The Texas Optometric Association (TOA) formed Focus Texas – a group of doctors, patients and citizens who are concerned about the state of eye care in Texas.
Focus Texas said Texas’ has archaic laws concerning what services eye care providers can perform.
AUSTIN, Texas – Patients in Texas currently have the fourth worst access to eye care in the nation due to extremely outdated state laws. By contrast, patients in each of our neighboring states enjoy access within the top ten. Unfortunately, the situation is only getting worse as Texas’ population ages and the demand for advanced eye care services increases.