UNAC/UHCP Legislative Victory: Optometrists Win Expansion of Scope of Practice

We’re proud to announce that a UNAC/UHCP-backed bill, AB 2263 (Low) has passed the California legislature.

AB 2263 expands the scope of practice for optometrists certified to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents to perform specified advanced procedures after graduating from an accredited school of optometry and meeting additional education and hands-on training requirements, including instruction involving both simulated eyes and live human patients.

UNAC/UHCP President Denise Duncan, RN, said the new provision reflects “UNAC/UHCP’s mission to expand access to health care and allow our health care professionals to bring their experience and expertise to more patients.”

Assemblymember Evan Low expressed gratitude for UNAC/UHCP’s support of the bill: “With your help, we are expanding health care and allowing your members to practice at the top of their scope.”

The bill now goes to Governor Newsom for signature.