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As Eyeball Wars peak, optometrists seek desperate, last-minute buzzer beater

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After suffering a significant setback last week in the Eyeball Wars, optometrists may be mounting a last-ditch effort to get their bill rolling in the House. When will this bad bill just die? It has long past time to put an end to the Eyeball Wars in 2017, perhaps for good. Last week, HB 1037 stalled in the House Health and Human Services Committee after it had appeared there were not enough votes to pass. The companion bill, SB 1168,…

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Eyeball Wars rage as dozens of medical groups oppose optometrists, claiming ‘serious threat’ to care

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A growing number of medical professionals have joined forces in a wave of disapproval of optometrists in Florida’s “Eyeball Wars,” which is now making way through Tallahassee. HB 1037, which seeks to allow optometrists to perform surgery and prescribe opiates, among other things, now sits on the agenda of the House Health & Human Services Committee. This week, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at University of Miami School of Medicine became the latest medical group to publicly oppose the bill, adding…

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