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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF OPTOMETRY

September 2011 www.dos.state.pa.us

BOARD MEETING DATES
November 9, 2011
January 12, 2012
March 14, 2012
May 10, 2012
July 11, 2012
Other board meetings may be scheduled as needed.

OTHER NEWS
Disciplinary Actions
A listing of disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions, Charitable Organizations and Notaries Public.
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Policy Changes Strengthen Public Protection Efforts

Protecting the public health and safety is a top priority for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.  During their first week in office, Governor Tom Corbett and Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele were confronted with a tragic situation that challenged this important premise. This situation involved the Women’s Medical Society and Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia.

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Approved Drug List

The Board has recently updated the approved drug list for licensed doctors of optometry in Pennsylvania.  This includes the new addition of alcaftadine ophthalmic solution (Lastacaft – tm) that was recently approved by the Secretary of Health as of July 16, 2011.  Also, the Secretary of Health approved the use of lactated ringers as topical irrigation.  Please click HERE to access the entire list.

Decorative/Cosmetic Contact Lens




The Pennsylvania State Board of Optometry is warning consumers about the serious risks of using decorative contact lenses without the appropriate involvement of an eye care professional.  These contact lenses include non-corrective “plano” lenses.  They do not correct vision and are intended to change the appearance of the eye.  Such contact lenses are especially popular for use around Halloween.  However, it should be noted that the use of such products carries many serious risks which include the following:

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ARBO Annual Meeting Report June 2011

The Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, Inc. (ARBO) held their annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT from June 12-14, 2011.  This meeting provides an opportunity for the state boards across the United States and Canada to meet and discuss mutual regulatory issues that may be impacting their respective states.

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Board Meets with Secretary of Health Dr. Avila

On July 13, 2011, Dr. Eli Avila, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM attended the State Board of Optometry’s meeting.  He has trained in internal medicine, ophthalmology, and occupational and environmental medicine.  In addition to a bachelor’s degree and M.D. degree from Brown University, Dr. Avila has a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law and a Master of Public Health from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Program in Public Health – New York University.  Prior to becoming our Secretary of Health, he was the Chief Deputy Commissioner of Health Services for Suffolk County, NY. 

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Pennsylvania State Board of Optometry
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.7155 | ST-OPTOMETRY@state.pa.us
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