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2019-2020 Legislative Update

This year an optometric surgical bill was reintroduced in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 391 was introduced on March 5, 2019. This legislation is identical to the legislation from last year. Senate Bill 391 is currently in the Senate Consumer Protection and Prof. Licensure committee. We need your help as a member of PAO to ensure this legislation does not become law. 

In our continuing efforts to protect patient safety we are supporting Senator Argall's legislation to create a definition of Ophthalmic surgery (Senate Bill 853) which opposes the optometric surgery legislation. 

We are also supporting Representative Rosemary Brown's Pediatric Vision Screening legislation (House Bill 1342) which would make sure Pennsylvania's school children's vision is protected.  

Real Surgical Patients Explain Why Only Ophthalmologists Should Perform Eye Surgery

Your eyesight is precious. That is why, when faced with the need for eye surgery, patients want the highest trained, most experienced people operating on their eyes. Only ophthalmologists complete four years of undergraduate studies, four years of medical school, one year of internship, three years of ophthalmology residency, and often pursue post-residency fellowships. They perform thousands of surgeries under the guidance of experienced surgeons before they are allowed to independently operate. When it comes to the eye surgery, citizens of Pennsylvania trust OPHTHALMOLOGISTS
  
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