An important bill, S.2334, An Act Relative to the Modernization of Optometric Patient Care, is currently pending in the Massachusetts legislature. If passed, Massachusetts would become the last state to allow glaucoma patients to receive treatment from their primary care optometrist. All other 49 states have allowed optometrists to treat glaucoma for over a decade, as well as federal territories, the Veterans Administration system, and all military branches.
Early diagnosis and managed treatment of glaucoma offers patients protection against the risk of vision loss or blindness. Patients in Massachusetts who are diagnosed with glaucoma during a visit to an optometrist cannot receive immediate treatment under existing state law. Greater access to timely, safe and cost competitive glaucoma care requires legislative action.
S.2334 has been endorsed by the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and recently, by the full Editorial Board of the Boston Globe in a powerful editorial.
Dr. Forgues, along with the MSO lobbying team and Executive Director Jay Gardiner, will continue to push for this bill's passage in the final two days of the legislative session.