“Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a long-debated bill that expands the drug-prescribing powers of optometrists,” reports WFLX. “Scott signed the bill (HB 239) on Friday. The state now allows optometrists to prescribe oral medications - including pills - to treat eye diseases. They had been limited to prescribing medications such as eye drops. Optometrists had to refer patients to ophthalmologists for conditions requiring drugs taken by mouth.” Read more.