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Eye care options on Oklahoma ballot

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Durant optometrist Dr. Gregory Clay opposes State Question 793. (KTEN) Durant optometrist Dr. Gregory Clay opposes State Question 793. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- With the midterm elections just one week away, Oklahoma voters will see several questions on the ballot.

State Question 793 would let optometrists and opticians open a practice in a retail establishment.

Backed by Walmart, the the retail giant says the proposal would create a safe venue for independent, licensed optometrists to provide easy and affordable care for their patients. Proponents also say the change would give consumers more options.

But opponents of the measure like Durant optometrist Dr. Gregory Clay say if the question is approved by voters, retailers could wield control over  doctors.

"They can tell whoever that doctor is how to practice and what the requirements are and what the restrictions are," Clay said. "That's the issue, rather than the quality of the doctor."

Walmart counters that there would be a few changes in how eye care is provided, but more than likely they will only offer eye exams, prescriptions and eyeglasses at their stores.

But Clay said that if the State Question 793 passes, it would amend Oklahoma's constitution.

"Because it is a constitutional amendment, it sets up the retail establishment as the authority over how the practice will be, how medicine will be practiced," he said.

Election Day is November 6, but early voting will be available in Oklahoma this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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