Should Optometrists Be Allowed to Perform Eye Surgery?
February 16, 2011
The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill (Senate Bill 110) to allow optometrists to perform some surgical procedures on eyes.
Ophthalmologists say Senate Bill 110 will put people’s vision at risk. Their argument is that eye surgery involves cutting extremely delicate tissues of the eye, and that only ophthalmologists – with over a thousand mentored hours performing all types of surgery on the eye – should be authorized to undertake such operations.
Optometrists say these concerns are misplaced, and that no one unqualified will perform eye surgery. Instead, they argue, the bill will provide better access to vision care.
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