Are patients safe in optometrists' hands?

Optometrists have been given the green light to initiate therapeutic management for patients with chronic glaucoma – independently of ophthalmologists.

The move by the Optometry Board of Australia applies to optometrists “qualified” in ocular therapeutics – which accounts for around 35% of the profession.

Doctors have been outgraged by the move and have launched legal action against AHPRA, which oversees all health practitioner boards, accusing the body of putting patients at risk. 

Critics say AHPRA is failing to contain chiropractors, psychologists and