HB 1037 will likely be heard in the House Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday, April 20. We are encouraging members to write their legislators and ask their patients to do so as well to tell them to VOTE NO against HB 1037. Click here to write to your legislator.
News from the FSO
Dr. Adam Katz, President of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology today released the following statement after HB 1037 passed out of the Health Quality Subcommittee.
Dear Ophthalmology Colleagues,
"This proposed legislation puts the health and well-being of millions of Floridians at risk. This bill would grant broad and unprecedented surgical privileges to optometrists who are not medical doctors, never attended medical school, and who are certainly not adequately trained to perform scalpel surgery, laser surgery, or prescribe narcotics.
The Academy and 60 other ophthalmic societies, including FSO, have issued new, more patient-centric guidelines for postoperative co-management of ophthalmic procedures.The Comprehensive Guidelines for the Co-Management of Ophthalmic Postoperative Care contains substantive changes to existing guidelines based on over six months of thoughtful review by an Academy-led Task Force on Co-Management Principles, the Academy Council and Board of Trustees.
If you have a child or a grandchild under the age of five, getting him or her a vision screening is imperative, according to a West Palm Beach eye doctor.
Dr. David Cano is a member of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and Chairman of the For Eye Care Foundation, which is the Society's charitable arm.
The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) coordinated free pediatric vision screenings in Miami Saturday, resulting in more than 15 percent of children screened requiring follow-up care. Read More
Florida Senate Sees Pediatric Vision Screening a Priority
From the American Academy of Ophthalmology
As consumers begin to plan their Halloween costumes, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is launching an aggressive, multimedia education campaign highlighting the dangers of decorative contact lenses obtained without a prescription. The effort was spurred in part by a Council Advisory Recommendation and ongoing member reports about patients treated for decorative lens-related injuries and infections.
June 2-4-Scientific Sessions
June 2-3- JCAHPO Ophthalmic Technician Program
June 2-Coding and Reimbursement Course
June 3-Office Administrators Course