June 19, 2024

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SB 440 is good for eyecare in New Hampshire

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Dr. Sarah J. Hudson

When you need an eye care procedure you want it done by a trusted eye doctor who has the appropriate education and who has demonstrated competency. Does that mean you need an ophthalmologist for any procedure near your eye?

Senate Bill 440 is set to update New Hampshire statute to allow doctors of optometry to practice to the full extent of their training and education commensurate with national standards of optometry. It will allow doctors of optometry to increase the amount of in-office procedures they are authorized to do in New Hampshire. Healthcare is not the same as it was 25 years ago and the laws should reflect these well-established changes. Doctors wishing to perform these will need to display competency through a process defined by the state regulatory board, as is standard across all healthcare boards in New Hampshire. No doctor will perform such a procedure without extensive education, laboratory learning, and hands-on supervised experience.

Sarah Hudson, OD

Dr. Warren Goldblatt’s commentary, published March 31 is misleading, and is designed to promote fear and to discredit optometry in an effort to hold pphthalmology’s turf on scope of practice. Our health-care system functions best if all practitioners provide care to the full extent of their education and training. Access to care is a concern in all parts of New Hampshire, and this will worsen as our population ages. Technology updates bring new treatment options to all healthcare fields and our population will suffer if practitioners are not allowed to provide these updates. Health care does not, and should not stand still. 

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