Seniors for SQ 793
I applaud the letter written to the editor by a Morris resident active in public schools (“Allow retail stores to offer optometry services to serve all families,” Sept. 9).
It stated affordable eye care for children, especially in rural areas is often unavailable.
Visiting an optometrist can be very inconvenient.
The same applies to our senior citizen population. The Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature, an advocacy organization for senior citizens, has been for several years trying to convince our Legislature to pass legislative amendments to the applicable law to allow merchandising stores to have optical services.
I'm sorry to say, to no avail. The lobbyists for the optometrists seem to have more pull with our legislators than our seniors.
For seniors, especially those on a fixed income, being able to go to one center for all their needs — groceries, pharmacy, banking, eye care and hearing care — is not only a convenience but often all they are capable of doing because of physical limitations and transportation.
The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians would have Oklahomans believing that these merchandising stores now are advocating for the passage of State Question 793 out of greed.
In 2016, our organization started looking into why this wasn't available in Oklahoma, as it is in all but two other states. It was then I contacted Walmart to ask the question. The answer was the lobbyists were keeping them out.
Our organization at our 2018 legislative session passed a resolution supporting SQ 793, and we urge all Oklahomans to vote yes on Nov. 6. Editor's note:
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