Our Opinion | Blurred vision: Legislators Seek to Cloud Eye Surgery Standards
That’s a bit of an oversimplification, but we can forgive Dr. Woodford Van Meter his hyperbole in the name of protecting patients.
The University of Kentucky ophthalmology professor is sounding the alarm over two North Carolina bills that would allow optometrists, who earn doctoral degrees but are not medical doctors, to expand their scope of practice to include some laser surgeries.
Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, and Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, are backing efforts to blur the lines between ophthalmologists and optometrists. The legislators say House Bill 36 and Senate Bill 342 would increase access to care. But doing so could create considerable health risks like those Van Meter observed after a similar law was passed in his home state of Kentucky.
“Since our law passed, we have seen
Publication: The Wilson Times
Date Published: April 25, 2017
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.