Louisiana Postpones Vote on Law to Permit Optometrists to Perform Eye Surgery

BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana House of Representatives postponed its debate and vote on House Bill 527, which would expand the optometric scope of practice to allow optometrists to administer medication by injection as well as perform many eye surgeries, including several eye laser and incisional procedures.

Originally scheduled for April 24, as reported by VMail, the debate and vote have been postponed until an undetermined future date. Introduced last month by Republican Representative Frank A. Hoffman, the bill already passed the Louisiana House Committee on Health and Welfare, 12-7, on April 17. If approved by the House, the bill will then be debated and voted on by the Louisiana State Senate Health and Welfare Committee and then the Louisiana State Senate.