Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Diane Yolton


Optometrists are expanding the scope of primary care optometry by passing legislation to allow them to treat eye diseases with medications. The scope of the laws governing therapeutic use by optometrists in those states where legislation has been passed was determined by soliciting specific information from each of the state boards. Optometrists in all twenty-five states can prescribe topical anti-microbials and anti-histamines. Corticosteriods can be utilized in twenty-one states, and in ten states anti-glaucoma agents may be administered. Oral drugs to treat eye disease can be prescribed by optometrists in eight states.

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Optometry Commons