• Oklahoma optometrists concerned about State Question 793

    By: Rick Maranon

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    TULSA, Okla. - QUICK FACTS: 

    • Oklahoma optometrists say they are planning to vote against State Question 793 in November.
    • The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians focused on the latest technology and voting against 793 during their fall convention in downtown Tulsa today.
    • OAOP members told FOX23 that State Question 793 would keep the Oklahoma State Board of Optometry from overseeing any clinics inside locally owned corporate stores.
    • The new law could require local optometrists to run their clinics differently by reporting to corporations instead of the Oklahoma State Board of Optometry.

    Optometrists across Oklahoma are fighting against State Question 793, which they say is harmful to clinics in Oklahoma. 

     The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians focused on the latest technology and voting against State Question 793 in November at their fall convention in downtown Tulsa.

    OAOP members told FOX23 that State Question 793 would keep the Oklahoma State Board of Optometry from overseeing any clinics inside locally owned corporate stores.

    They also said the law could cause a situation where corporate leadership of the store could require a doctor to prescribe eyeglasses and contacts when someone didn't need them in order to meet a sales quota. Another potential problem is that an eye clinic becomes too expensive for a retailer, so they could cut the number of patients they see each month or year.

    Oklahoma is one of three states that doesn't allow eye care clinics in chain retail stores.

    An Oklahoma city optometrist, Dr. Selina McGee, told FOX23 a big box store is not a health clinic. Her clinic has a high standard for the care they provide and has to report to the state board.

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