Video: HB36 and SB342 Threatens Patient Safety in NC
In North Carolina, soon you may not have to be a surgeon to provide surgery. 2 bills before the North Carolina General Assembly would allow Optometrists, who do not attend medical school, to perform eye surgery.
Ophthalmologists, who are eye surgeons, go through the rigor of medical school and a surgical residency, logging 17,000 hours before operating independently. Optometrists claim surgeries that involve lasers are technology driven and safe for Optometrists to perform.
Your eyes are as fragile as a balloon.
All surgeries carry risk. You have the only two eyes you’ll ever have. Surgery belongs in the hands of surgeons.
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.