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Representatives from College of Optometry Attend Bill Signing


Barry Frauens O.D. with Gov. Rick Scott.


Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry leadership and faculty were present when Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill that expands the drug-prescribing powers of optometrists. Gov. Scott signed the bill (HB 239) on April 19. The state now allows optometrists to prescribe oral medications — including pills — to treat eye diseases. These new prescribing abilities will allow optometrists to prescribe oral antibiotics and glaucoma medications. Optometrists had been limited to prescribing medications such as eye drops. Optometrists previously had to refer patients to ophthalmologists for conditions requiring drugs taken by mouth, which impacted the ability for all patients to access affordable, comprehensive eye and vision care.