Kentucky law extends selected surgical privileges to optometrists

Hassan, Matt; Hemphill, Nancy; Preston, Courtney
April 2011
Ocular Surgery News;4/10/2011, Vol. 29 Issue 7, p22
Academic Journal
The article discusses a new Kentucky law signed in late February 2011 by Governor Steve Beshear that allows optometrists to perform injections and some laser procedures that were previously limited to ophthalmologists. The Kentucky Optometric Association reportedly calls the law an improvement to patient access while the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO) claims it undermines safety. AAO President Richard L. Abbott warns that optometrists do not have the training to perform surgeries.


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