Optometry board defends guidelines

The guidelines, released in March, enable eligible optometrists to prescribe topical glaucoma treatments for patients diagnosed with chronic glaucoma without consulting an ophthalmologist. They also allow optometrists to write prescriptions for those deemed at high risk of developing the disease.

Earlier this month the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists (ASO) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) jointly lodged action in the Queensland Supreme Court against the optometry board and AHPRA. The action