California Medical Association Files Lawsuit to Block New Regulations Certifying Optometrists to Treat Glaucoma

January 14, 2011

The California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CAEPS) has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to block the implementation of new standards to certify optometrists to treat glaucoma. The regulations, which went into effect January 8, 2011, provide a pathway by which optometrists can complete the entire certification process without having to treat a single patient with glaucoma. The prior process required the treatment of 50 glaucoma patients over two years under the supervision of a board certified ophthalmologist.

The CMA and CAEPS argue that the new regulations jeopardize the quality of eye care for California patients.

Click here for the full press release announcing the lawsuit.

 

 



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