expanding scope of practice in optometry

I apologize in advance for the long post.

I am an aspiring optometrists and I was hoping to get some opinions on the expanding scope of practice for optometrists. I have been reading around and seeing that states have or are moving towards giving optometrists more leeway in terms of drugs they can prescribe, preforming laser procedures such as YAG capsulotomy, SLT and laser peripheral iridotomy as well as foreign body and "lump-and-bump" removal. With this I also see push back from the ophthalmologists who traditionally have occupied this territory and say that because optometrists did not go to medical school, they should not preform these procedures.

I am curious to hear your thoughts on this. Should optometrists be preforming these new practices and more? Would optometrists ever be able to do LASIK or PRK procedures? Does optometry school cover these topics and train future doctors enough to confidently and competently do them? Finally, do you see a world where optometrists practice everything up to actual invasive surgeries? I imagine invasive surgery will always be an MD task. Thank you all in advance 🙂

Side note. If anyone is practicing or has practiced optometry in the Army I'd love to talk more about that so please PM me!

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