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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 practice.” This so-called “limited practice,” while in a nearby state and several years ago, resulted in an optometrist treating my mother for glaucoma.

Mom later learned that her glaucoma appeared to have deteriorated significantly.

Publication: The Charlotte Observer

Date Published: April 17, 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.