Optometric Regulator Applauds Government Initiatives to Improve Access

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - The Honourable David Caplan, Minister of Health
and Long-Term Care, today announced the introduction of a number of
legislative changes to improve access to, and the safety of health care for
all Ontarians. The College of Optometrists has been advised that changes at
the policy level have also been made to achieve the same goals.
    Of particular concern to the College is the public's access to timely
glaucoma treatment. The Government of Ontario is addressing this concern by
allowing optometrists to prescribe drugs to treat glaucoma and other eye
    Glaucoma is a condition of the eye in which the pressure is elevated to a
point that vision is lost. Usually, glaucoma affects the peripheral or side
vision first. The vision loss may be significant before the patient becomes
aware of it. "The College is pleased that the Government is moving forward
with this important initiative. The improved access to care that patients will
have for this sight-threatening condition is tremendous news."

    The College of Optometrists is the regulatory body governing the practice
of 1600 optometrists in Ontario. It has the mandate to develop and propose to
the government, regulations controlling the practice of optometry.

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Murray Turnour, Registrar, (416) 962-4071

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