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At the Capitol: Eye to Eye, Justice Issues

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Florida Current

Two kinds of eye doctors -- optometrists and ophthalmologists -- have returned to the Legislature to resume their 30-year-old turf war, which has generated a lot of heat and campaign contributions.

A bill that would allow optometrists to prescribe oral medications in addition to eye drops made its way through the House Health Quality Subcommittee, News Service of Florida reports. Ophthalmologists and other medical doctors vehemently oppose the bill, even though 47 other states allow optometrists to prescribe at least some oral drugs.

In other legislative news: