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Surgery should only be performed by surgeons

For the past several years the optometrists in Alabama have brought forth legislation to allow them to perform procedures that are defined as surgery under the current law. The Alabama Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons believe that only trained physicians who have graduated from medical school and a subsequent residency training have the full breadth of knowledge not only about the procedures, but also about the risks and complications to perform surgery. 

We ask that all ophthalmologists contact their local legislator and tell them surgery should only be performed by trained surgeons, and anything less endangers the health of Alabamians. 

You can find your local legislators at this link : Find My Elected Officials Map | Alabama Secretary of State

What is an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologists, also known as Eye MD's, are medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO). Ophthalmologists specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of the eyes and visual system and in the prevention of eye disease and injury.

    • Ophthalmologists complete four or more years of undergraduate collegiate study
    • Four years of medical school
    • One year of internship (general medical training)
    • Three or more years of specialized training in all eye diseases, including medical and surgical
    • Many perform even further specialized training in specific eye diseases like glaucoma, retina, pediatrics, or oculoplastics
Ophthalmologists are the only doctors who can deliver the full spectrum of total eye care including vision services like contact lenses and glasses checks, eye health examinations, diabetes eye examinations, cataract examinations and cataract surgery, glaucoma eye care, and all types of medical eye care, surgical eye care, as well as diagnosis and treatment for ocular manifestations of systemic diseases.

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