This February, the Wyoming State Legislature will be considering legislation that would allow optometrists, who are not medical doctors or trained surgeons, to perform scalpel and laser surgery on your eyes. This legislation, Senate File 29, represents a radical departure from the standard of medical and surgical care in Wyoming and places patient safety and quality of surgical outcomes at risk.
Only five states in the entire nation have watered down their standards of patient safety to the extent that SF29 would do in Wyoming. What’s more, the Veterans Administration (VA) does not permit optometrists to perform surgeries in their facilities. They know what Wyoming legislators do not – there is no such thing as a SIMPLE laser or scalpel eye surgery!
What’s more, a study commissioned by the Vermont General Assembly and released earlier this year by the state’s Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) recommended AGAINST expanding the optometric scope of practice to include proposed “advanced procedures” (surgery). After consulting with stakeholders and conducting extensive and thorough research, the Vermont OPR determined that optometrists were not properly trained in, nor could safely perform, the proposed advanced procedures. Further, OPR found that there is little need for—and minimal cost savings associated with—expanding the optometric scope of practice to include advanced procedures. Read more about Vermont’s study here.
You can help defeat this unsafe plan again by contacting your State Representative and Senators. Use the form below to contact your legislator and ask them to VOTE NO on SF 29!