In The News - Safe Surgery NC

Eye Surgery Bill Would be Dangerous Medicine

This article was written by Vickie W. Clark for News & Record.   Every North Carolinian who cares about patient safety should join me in asking our state senators to stop House Bill 36, a dangerous bill that would let non-surgeons perform...

Ophthalmologist Coverage in North Carolina

Although ophthalmologists are located all across North Carolina, many believe eye care, and in particular, surgical eye care, is not easily accessible. But is that the case? A recent investigation determined the majority of counties within the state are able to access...

No Surgeries for NC Optometrists

This article was written for The Charlotte Observer.   HB 36, which would allow N.C. optometrists to perform surgery, is a non-starter. Optometrists are not medical doctors and should not be allowed any further incursions into their “limited field of medical...

House Bill 36 in the Eyes of NC Voters

Between March 7-8, 2017, Strategic Partners Solutions surveyed North Carolina voters about House Bill 36 — a piece of legislation designed to expand the scope of practice of optometrists in our state. The study found overwhelming voter opposition to the bill, which...

Leave Eye Surgery to Ophthalmologists

This article was written by StarNews Editorial Board for StarNews Online.   For years, ophthalmologists and optometrists together have met the various eye-care needs of North Carolinians. It’s important to understand, however, that they are...

Doctors Only Should Perform Eye Surgery

This article was written by Dr. Chad Brasington, M.D. for News & Record.   I was shocked when I read a recent letter in the News & Record by an optometrist who claimed that she has to “refer (patients) out for simple office procedures, requiring them to...

Dr. Susan Burden: Leave Eye Surgery to Trained Surgeons

This article was written by Dr. Susan Burden for Winston-Salem Journal.    As an experienced teacher of eye surgeons, I implore North Carolina’s state legislators to reject two misguided proposals, House Bill 36 and Senate Bill 342, which would...

Letter: Optometrists Aren’t Surgeons

This article was written by George L. Cooper, MD, FACS, for The Fayetteville Observer.    Thank you for your recent editorial urging the N.C. General Assembly not to pass two pending bills that would let non-surgeons perform delicate eye surgery. This is a...

Our View: Legislature Must Keep Eye Surgery Safe

This article was written by Winston-Salem Journal.    It’s plain to see that bills filed in the state legislature that would allow optometrists to perform surgical procedures that are currently restricted to the domain of ophthalmologists is a bad idea. Both...

Poll: N.C. Voters Strongly Oppose HB 36

  This article was written by PR Newswire and the news was provided by NCSEPS.  RALEIGH, N.C., March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Almost nine out of 10 North Carolina voters oppose legislation that would allow eye-care providers who have not been...

Our View: Who Can Do Eye Surgery? We Need a Visionary Answer

This article was written by The Fayetteville Observer.  North Carolina’s optometrists and ophthalmologists are poking each other in the political eye this year, sparring over legislation that would allow optometrists to perform several kinds of laser...

Leave Eye Surgery to the Ophthalmologists

This article was written by the Editorial Board for The News & Observer.  Optometrists used to have a strong lobby at the N.C. General Assembly and still do. And they’re using their lobbying clout to push for a bill that would allow optometrists,...

Kentucky’s New Eye Surgeons: No Medical Degree Required

This article was written for The Atlantic. If you need laser eye surgery in the state of Kentucky, or a little cosmetic work around the eyelids, it now behooves you to ask your prospective surgeon the following question before signing the operative consent...

HB36 First Scope of Practice Bill for 2017 Legislative Session

This article was written for NC Medical Society. House Bill 36, Enact Enhanced Access to Eye Care Act, is the first scope of practice bill, among several anticipated, to be filed this legislative session. The proposed legislation would open the door to...

HB36 is a dangerous bill before the North Carolina General Assembly. If passed, HB36 will enable Optometrists, who did not attend medical school, the ability to perform eye surgery within our state.