Posts Tagged ‘eyeball wars’

Ophthalmologists ‘disheartened’ by House advancing bill for optometrists to practice surgery

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Cary Pigman, the Avon Park Republican and emergency care physician who chairs the Health Quality Subcommittee.
Optometrists enjoyed a narrow victory Wednesday in Florida’s renewed Eyeball Wars when a House committee advanced a bill to allow optometrists to perform certain types of eye surgery.
After a two-hour hearing, the House Health Quality Subcommittee approved HB 1037, sponsored by Rep. Manny Diaz and opposed by both the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons.
Diaz, a Republican from Hialeah, argued the bill gives patients in rural areas better access to eye surgery, as well as helping lower-income patients since ophthalmologists

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American Surgeons warn House against latest salvo in Florida’s resurgent Eyeball Wars

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Tallahassee has once again found itself in the thick of a renewed Eyeball Wars between optometrists and ophthalmologists.
And no less than patient safety in Florida is on the line.
After a four-year truce, optometrists have gone back on their word, drafting legislation to allow them to perform surgery; it is a proposal that ophthalmologists, the American College of Surgeons and recent scientific research suggest would be devastating to the long-term health for thousands of Floridians.
A bill now making way through the Florida House seeks to expand optometry further into the practice of medicine and surgery, an effort fiercely opposed by ophthalmologists.

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Eyeball Wars: It’s all about knowing who takes care of your eyes

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Do you know who is taking care of your eyes?
That question is at the heart of “Joanne’s Story” a video about a Vero Beach woman who nearly lost her eyesight after an ophthalmologist caught a rare diagnosis which was missed by her optometrist.
Joanne was previously under the care of an optometrist who diagnosed her with a “small cataract.” A retinal surgeon removed the cataract, and Joanne returned to the optometrist for the remainder of her care. After several visits, Joanne was told that “everything was fine.”
But everything was not fine.
After sensing foreign matter in her eyes, Joanne turned to

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We told you so; Eyeball Wars set to begin anew

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Nearly four years have passed since the truce was called in the decades-long “eyeballs war” between Florida optometrists and ophthalmologists.
But with the Legislative Session approaching, that fragile peace seems all but finished.
Optometrists are seemingly going back on their word, working behind the scenes to file legislation to allow them to perform surgery, a proposal that scientific research suggests may not be a good idea.
Several signs indicate optometrists had become progressively uneasy since April 2013, when a compromise was reached after years of lobbying by the Florida Optometric Association (FOA) and Nova Southeastern University’s College

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JAMA study shows research not on optometrists’ side in Eyeball Wars

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
As Florida’s “Eyeball Wars” start up again, research in the Journal of the American Medical Association gives new insight on what is at stake in the struggle between ophthalmologists and optometrists.
In October 2016, a team of medical professionals, mostly from the University of Michigan, issued a report examining the difference in treatment outcomes between optometrists and ophthalmologists in Oklahoma. Since 1998, both types of practitioners in Oklahoma have been allowed surgical privileges to perform laser trabeculoplasty (LTP).
Laser trabeculoplasty is a procedure where doctors use lasers to treat certain types of glaucoma by burning areas of the trabecular meshwork, located

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Chekhov’s Gun in the Eyeball Wars? Optometrists are lobbied up for 2017

Friday, November 18th, 2016
As Anton Chekhov once said: If it’s not essential, don’t include it in the story.
What would the great Russian novelist and playwright make of recent movements in Florida’s seemingly never-neverending Eyeball Wars between ophthalmologists and optometrists?
“If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off,” Chekhov wrote in 1911. “If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”
Since then, Chekhov’s Gun has emerged as a reliable trope in thousands of books, movies, theater, and television episodes. The plot device

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Are optometrists going back on their word in ‘Eyeball War’ truce?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
For nearly two decades, Tallahassee was the front line of an epic battle — the so-called “Eyeball Wars” — between Florida’s optometrists and ophthalmologists.
On one side were optometrists — college educated to provide diagnoses and correct vision problems — fighting to perform surgery and prescribe medications beyond topical ointments and creams. Ophthalmologists, supported by the influential Florida Medical Association, argue that optometrists lacked sufficient credentials and training as medical doctors to perform such intricate procedures.
After years of legislative wrangling, a truce came in 2013 in the form of HB 239, an agreement between optometrists and ophthalmologists intended to end

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