Just listened to yesterday’s AM TWiB show (episode #60) and I wanted to clear up what I see as a little bit of confusion distinguishing between optometrists, opthamologists and opticians. Who they are and what they are asking for was a little muddled.
An OPTICIAN is what you think of as Lens Crafters, Sears Opticals, For Eyes, etc. They make your glasses or fit you for contact lenses or perform other specialized tasks and most states require them to complete a 1-2 year course of study and be credentialed (either registry or certification exam) and hold liability insurance.
A Doctor of Optometry (OPTOMETRIST) attends a special school of optometry for 4 years after getting a BS and is trained in minimal eye surgeries, can dispense prescriptions (except in FL, I guess), must pass a board certification exam and have residency programs… these are primary care eye *doctors*. they examine your eyes and determine what glasses you need or send you to the opthamologist when they see deeper problems.
An OPTHAMOLOGIST is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems, an *MD* who has specialized in eye issues, generally sticks to surgery. Naturally, they also have residencies and sit for board exams.
From what I see of the Florida bill, it just brings it into line with what other states are doing with respect to optometrists being able to prescribe for eye related conditions. Dentists are also able to prescribe for head & neck related conditions, I think… at least that is true in the state of MD.
I think it’s a glitch in the log-in, actually.
I kept getting told to log in to post, but only in the amTWiB folder.
I also keep losing my avatar, but likely because i refuse to get a gravatar account.