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Click here to send your legislators a letter regarding dangerous optometry legislation (SB 876/HB 631). Let them know that patient safety is at risk in Florida and ask them to "Vote NO!"


“This Bill Waters Down Safety Standards and Puts Patients at Risk.” Statement by Dr. Sarah Wellik, President of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology

“We are disappointed today that the Florida House Professions and Public Health Subcommittee has chosen to move House Bill 631 forward. This dangerous bill overrides years of medical and surgical training by granting surgical privileges through legislation and puts patients directly at risk.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Society of Ophthalmology President, Dr. Sarah Wellik today issued the following statement after the filing of Senate Bill 876/House Bill 631, which would drastically expand the scope of optometric practice in Florida and threaten patient safety by allowing Optometrists, who are not Medical Doctors, to perform surgery and prescribe opioids.

Senate Bill 876 would allow non-medical doctors to perform surgery and prescribe opioids placing Floridians at serious risk.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida’s statewide medical community is speaking out this week against SB 876, dangerous legislation that seeks to expand the scope of practice for optometrists which would allow them to perform eye surgery and grant them broader prescribing authority, including narcotics. Optometrists are neither medical doctors nor trained surgeons.

The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) is accepting nominations for the annual awards that will be announced at the Masters in Ophthalmology 2021 meeting, July 9-11, at The Breakers in Palm Beach,  Fla. To recognize the achievements of your colleagues and fellow members for one of the awards below, please submit your nomination by April 30, 2021.

The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) is now accepting nominations from members in good standing who are interested in serving as an Officer, or as an At-Large Member on the Board of Directors.

The AmazonSmile Foundation and the For Eye Care Foundation

Please consider the For Eye Care Foundation (FECF), the Florida Society of Ophthalmology's charitable-arm, when shopping online at Amazon. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible purchases made back to the FECF. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. Use this link to start shopping and giving back:

“We are disappointed today that the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee chose to vote favorably on Senate Bill 876. This dangerous and harmful bill would put patients directly in harm’s way. The truth is clear−optometrists, while an important part of the eye care team, are neither medical or osteopathic doctors, nor trained surgeons.


There has been a recent change in the Florida law regarding co-management of patients. The new law took effect on July 1, 2013. The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and its general counsel have worked closely with OMIC to develop two sample forms to aid you in compliance with the new law.




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