I recently attended the ARBO National Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The mission of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry is to represent and assist member licensing agencies in regulating the practice of optometry for the public welfare. Currently, ARBO’s membership consists of 66 regulatory boards throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. We provide programs to accredit optometric continuing education courses, to track and audit the CE attendance of licensed optometrists and to assist with license mobility. The goal is also to be a conduit for sharing information among licensing boards to help them increase efficiency and decrease costs.
This was a great opportunity for me to interact with my regulatory colleagues discussing hot topics and shared concerns in the regulatory community. Serving on the Tennessee Board of Optometry enabled me to attend this meeting with a few of my fellow board members. The main goal of the Optometry Board is to serve the public and keep our public safe by ensuring our State optometrist are licensed and maintain competency and practice within the scope of our Tennessee laws and statues. My take home from this meeting is that the profession is expanding and forever changing and we as regulators must be ready for changes.
Torrey J. Carlson, O.D.