This bill would encourage optometrists and other eye care professionals to join the National Health Service Corps. It would provide more access to optometrists for people in need. Having eyes that work well is as important a part of being healthy as having any other part of one’s body work well.
The National Health Service Corps does great work, certainly. But in areas where individuals might be struggling to meet their basic nutritional needs, where they might be exposed to toxic chemicals, their eye prescription is simply less of a priority. How many professions does the NHSC truly need?