Optometry is a post-graduate, doctoral degree profession. Optometrists are trained to provide full-scope medical eyecare, including minor surgical procedures such as foreign body removal and treatment for conjunctivitis and allergies. When surgical care is needed optometrists refer to a tertiary care specialist.
Texas law recognizes the scope of optometric education, training and practice.
There are several provisions within the Texas law that prohibit discrimination based upon the type of provider and allow patients to choose the most accessible trained provider in their area or network.
The following is a key provision of Texas law relating to Optometric scope and non-discrimination by provider:
The provision of the Optometry law reads: