California governor vetoes expanded scope for optometrists

CHICAGO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have allowed optometrists in the state to use therapeutic lasers and perform other procedures.
Stephen D. McLeod, MD, announced the decision while moderating a panel at Eyecelerator@AAO and called the veto a win for patient safety.
The bill, AB 2236, would have granted California optometrists new privileges such as performing selective laser trabeculoplasty, laser peripheral iridotomy and laser posterior capsulotomy. It would have also allowed them to remove lesions and perform corneal cross-linking.
The American Academy of

CHICAGO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have allowed optometrists in the state to use therapeutic lasers and perform other procedures.
Stephen D. McLeod, MD, announced the decision while moderating a panel at Eyecelerator@AAO and called the veto a win for patient safety.
The bill, AB 2236, would have granted California optometrists new privileges such as performing selective laser trabeculoplasty, laser peripheral iridotomy and laser posterior capsulotomy. It would have also allowed them to remove lesions and perform corneal cross-linking.
The American Academy of