The increasing demand for medical eye care services along with implementation of the steps below would ensure the professional standing of Optometry for decades to come:
State Regulatory Boards
- All State Practice Laws Modified to Permit Optometrists to Practice Comprehensive Medical Eye Care Without Restrictions.
- States to Mandate Postgraduate Clinical Training in Medical Eye Care for Licensure. Required Postgraduate Clinical Training for Optometry License.
Core Curriculum and Postgraduate Clinical Training
- Optometry Schools Curricula to Emphasize Medical Eye Care and Facilitate Their Graduates’ Transition to Postgraduate Clinical Training.
- Residency Programs in Medical Eye Care Significantly Increased. Current Titles and Descriptions of Residency Programs Consolidated and Revised. ASCO Titles and Descriptions of Residency Programs.
Recognition by Profession of Optometry
- Board Certification in Optometry Medical Eye Care Widely Recognized. ABCMO.
- Optometry Specialties and Subspecialties Widely Recognized. The State of Optometry Specialties and Subspecialties.
- Oversight Board for All Specialties/Subspecialties Recognized. ABOS.
- Optometry to Qualify for the Graduate Medical Education Program (GME) Program. Changes Necessary for Optometry to be Included in GME.