Voters Asked if Eye Doctors Should Operate in Large Retail Stores

Voters will be asked in November to decide the fate of State Question 793, which would amend the state constitution, opening the door for Oklahoma eye doctors and opticians to operate stores inside big-box retailers like Walmart, Target and Costco.

The measure was placed on the general election ballot after enough voter signatures were gathered by proponents of the measure through an initiative petition process.

Under current Oklahoma law, an optometrist cannot “render optometric care in any retail, mercantile establishment which sells merchandise to the general public...in which the majority of the establishments income is not derived from the sale of such prescription optical goods and materials.” To maintain a level of independence between an optometrist and a retail outlet, an eye clinic must have a physical barrier between it and a retail outlet as well as a separate entrance. This has been called a two-door policy and Oklahoma is said to be one of 16 states to operate using this twodoor system.

 

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