|Action||Changes to continuing education|
|Comment Period||Ends 12/30/2015|
I echo the statements of my colleagues where I am happy to see the increase in the numbers of hours required, but find that distance learning (through webinars, online education, and in journals) is often more informative, not less informative than in-person lectures. Distance education requires the successful completion of a graded test, which shows understanding of the information, not just mere attendance. I do not see a demonstrable reason why any of the CE hours must be required in person, rather than distance education. Virginia optometrists have successfully completed their CE hours via distance learning for years, and should be able to continue to complete all of their hours via distance learning.