ACT 579 allows doctors of optometry to perform a handful of minimally invasive, in-office procedures they are qualified to safely perform.
NOW, special interests are circulating petitions trying to undo the law.
Arkansans for Healthy Eyes is a Ballot Question Committee formed by a coalition of optometric physicians and patients working to protect ACT 579, passed during the 2019 Regular Session.
Arkansas patients often have to drive FARTHER, wait LONGER, and pay MORE to see a specialist for a procedure their optometrist is qualified to safely perform.
ACT 579 allows doctors of optometry in Arkansas to perform a handful of minimally invasive, in-office procedures they are educated to perform, and that optometrists in many states have been successfully performing for years.
Eighteen other states have a higher scope of practice than Arkansas has WITHOUT Act 579.
Four other states have expanded their scopes to do what Arkansas now allows under the law.