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Texas scope expansion gains doctors of optometry oral meds, glaucoma authority

June 17, 2021

Texas becomes the latest state to achieve a significant scope expansion in 2021, earning doctors’ authority to prescribe oral eye medications and independently manage glaucoma. Read More >

Doctors of optometry offer transition tips, whether buying or selling

June 16, 2021

From personal chemistry to hiring consultants, doctors list a number of considerations in a sale. Are you making plans for the future? Read More >

Lens-based strategies to address reading issues due to mild, disease-related vision loss

June 14, 2021

We all see patients with mild vision loss who say their vision does not allow them to read the way they once could. Consider these strategies when refraction doesn’t yield a vision improvement and further disease treatment isn’t warranted. Read More >

Guidance for Face Masks in Optomety

Currently, there is state, local, and federal guidance related to face masks and vaccination status. When determining your office mask policies, COA members should review all three (summarized below). 

Local: In Colorado, counties are allowed to implement regulations at the local level. Please consult your local public health agency for any existing local mandates and orders.  

State: On 5/31/21, Governor Polis issued an amended Public Health Order. As more individuals are vaccinated, this order further reduced restrictions for individuals, businesses and activities. Please review section IA(f) on pages 2-3: 

1. Face coverings are required for certain individuals, age twelve (12) and older, in the following settings:  

f. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated patients, visitors, and personnel in emergency medical and other healthcare settings (including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, urgent care centers, clinics, doctors' offices, and non-urgent care medical structures).   

The COA is also still referencing the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) COVID-19 guidance for their licensees (issued 5/22/21). Their guidance stressed: As allowed under state law, owners, operators, and managers of any business or service may, at their discretion, continue to require individuals entering or within their locations to wear face coverings or show proof of full vaccination.  

Federal: the CDC still recommends health care personnel (HPC) wear face masks at all times while they are in the health care facility, fully vaccinated HPC can dine and socialize together in break rooms and conduct in- person meetings without source control or physical distancing. If unvaccinated HCP are present, everyone should wear source control and unvaccinated HCP should physically distance from others.


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2020 Eyes Colorado

Calendar of Events

Optometry's Meeting 2021

June 24, 2021 - June 26, 2021

The Colorado Convention CenterRead more >

COA Annual Business Meeting

June 26, 2021 3:00 PM-3:00 PM

The Colorado Convention CenterRead more >

CANCELLED - Colorado Vision Summit 2021

July 9, 2021 - July 11, 2021

The Westin WestminsterRead more >