Ophthalmologist Coverage in North Carolina - Safe Surgery NC

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 eye surgical care in close proximity to their county. According to this infographic, 71.2% of North Carolinians can access an ophthalmologist within 25 miles of their county’s center.   


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.