You Deserve Better Access
to Quality Eye Care
THE SOLUTION IS CLEAR
Legislation is needed that would expand the range of services that trained Doctors of Optometry across the state can provide - allowing them to perform several additional procedures that treat common conditions of the eye and eyelids. It will mean better access to the best eye care for our patients.
Your Doctors of Optometry
Nebraska’s largest eye care profession includes more than 330 Doctors of Optometry serving in more than 80 communities across the state.
As primary eye care providers, Doctors of Optometry are trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the eye or vision. They are an integral part of the health care team, earning their doctoral degree just as dentists, podiatrists and other doctors do. Optometry is one of the only doctoral-level health care professions to require continuing education.
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Letter-to-the-editor: LB526 will reduce costs by increasing access to additional care.
By Dr. Darren Wright, President
Nebraska Optometric Association
Distributed to all Nebraska daily newspapers, April 2, 2014
I’m writing on behalf of the 330 Doctors of Optometry serving in more than 80 communities across the state of Nebraska in support of LB526, a bill before the Legislature that would allow optometrists to perform several additional procedures and prescribe several additional medications that treat common conditions of the eye and eyelids.
Patients in Nebraska are not allowed the same level of care from primary care optometrists as patients in many other states.
Optometrists are the most prevalent and accessible eyecare providers in Nebraska. LB526 will reduce costs by increasing access to additional care. Less travel for appointments, less wait for appointments, fewer duplicate appointments due to referrals. Physician shortages in Nebraska’s rural areas have been widely reported. Utilizing non-M.D. providers to the fullest extent of their training is acknowledged as a remedy for these shortages.
As primary eye care providers, Doctors of Optometry are trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the eye or vision. These doctoral-level professionals are an integral part of the health care team, treating a wide range of vision problems, including many conditions with systemic and sight-threatening implications.
Nebraska’s Doctors of Optometry have four years of specialized, post-graduate, doctoral-level study on the eye and its systems, must pass a rigorous national licensing exam, and receive continuing education each year. Just as other healthcare professionals receive additional training related to new procedures, pharmaceuticals, and technology, LB 526 will assure completion of additional post-doctoral education by optometrists relative to this new authority.
For our patients, no matter where they live, LB526 will mean better access, reduced costs and more convenience for all Nebraskans. We look forward to better serving the healthcare needs of our state and welcome the opportunity for patients in Nebraska to get the same level of care from primary care optometrists that many other states already allow.