Ocular Therapeutic Medications

Prince Edward Island Optometrists Given Right to Prescribe Ocular Therapeutic Medications

On May 22, 2008, the Legislative Assembly granted Royal Assent to changes made to the Prince Edward Island Optometry Act allowing optometrists to prescribe topical ocular therapeutic medications. This means that your optometrist will now be able to prescribe you topical medications (eye drops or ointments) to treat ocular infections, allergies, and inflammation. The Optometry Act changes also enable optometrists to remove superficial foreign bodies (objects on the surface layer) from the eye. These changes ultimately mean shorter waiting time for our patients with these problems, improving the quality of health care to all Prince Edward Islanders. Prince Edward Island optometrists are very excited about the Optometry Act changes and being able to practice to their full potential.

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