The Georgia Senate voted in favor of SB 153, which would allow doctors of optometry to perform certain types of injections in and around the eye, by a vote of 30-21.
The bill has moved to the governor’s desk, and the governor has 40 days to sign or veto it.
Under the terms of the legislation, a credentialing system for doctors of optometry seeking to perform certain injections into the eyelid and mucus membrane of the eye would be established, according to the Georgia Optometric Association.
While the process of treatment via injection has been taught in schools of optometry for many years, all doctors of optometry in the state seeking to offer this treatment would be required to receive additional training and a certification to perform injections, with the training taught by an ophthalmologist.
The bill was approved by the House of Representatives last week with a vote of 121-36.