Optometrists; allowed to perform laser surgery if certified by Board of Optometry. (HB213)

Introduced By

Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Optometrists; laser surgery. Allows an optometrist who has received a certification to perform laser surgery from the Board of Optometry (the Board) to perform certain types of laser surgery of the eye and directs the Board to issue a certification to perform laser surgery to any optometrist who submits evidence satisfactory to the Board that he (i) is certified by the Board to prescribe for and treat diseases or abnormal conditions of the human eye and its adnexa with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents pursuant to Code requirements and (ii) has satisfactorily completed such didactic and clinical training programs provided by an accredited school or college of optometry that includes training in the use of lasers for the medically appropriate and recognized treatment of the human eye as the Board may require. The bill also requires the Board to adopt regulations (a) establishing criteria for certification of an optometrist to perform permitted laser surgeries and (b) requiring optometrists to register annually with the Board and to report information regarding any disciplinary action, malpractice judgment, or malpractice settlement against the provider and any evidence that indicates the provider may be unable to engage safely in the practice of his profession. The bill also requires optometrists certified to perform laser surgery to report certain information regarding the number and types of laser surgeries performed and the conditions treated, as well as any adverse treatment outcomes associated with the performance of such laser surgeries to the Board, and requires the Board to report such information to the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources annually. This bill is identical to SB 375. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103931D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/18/2022Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB213)
01/25/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 2-N)
02/01/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2022Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment(s) (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2022Read first time
02/04/2022Passed by for the day
02/07/2022Read second time
02/07/2022Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions amendment rejected
02/07/2022Passed by temporarily
02/07/2022Amendments by Delegate Robinson agreed to
02/07/2022Engrossed by House as amended HB213E
02/07/2022Printed as engrossed 22103931D-E
02/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB213E)
02/08/2022Read third time and passed House (84-Y 10-N)
02/08/2022VOTE: Passage (84-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/17/2022Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Read third time
02/21/2022Passed Senate (33-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/23/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB213ER)
02/23/2022Signed by Speaker
02/23/2022Signed by President
02/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB213ER)
03/02/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 2, 2022
03/02/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 9, 2022
03/09/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 17 (effective 7/1/22)
03/09/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0017)

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