Meet Charlotte from Texas
She was told by an optometrist that she required “minor” laser surgery to correct a problem with her vision. Instead of being referred to an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor and surgeon) near her home, her optometrist had her travel six hours to a neighboring state—one of only four states in the U.S. that allow optometrists to perform this surgery. Charlotte is an unfortunate example how good people with real lives can get hurt.
Optometrists are a valued member of the eye care team, but they are not medical doctors or trained surgeons. They don’t go to medical school, nor do they go through hospital surgical residency.
Hear Charlotte’s story and help us stop legislation that could bring about more tragedies like this.
All across America, unqualified providers want to perform surgery on or around your eyes.
These people are not surgeons.
Not medical doctors.
Never been to medical school.
No hospital internship.
No surgical residency.