Children’s eye surgeons join forces with Safe Eyes America to oppose lowering eye surgery licensing requirements


PITTSBURGH, August 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the national leader in improving the quality of eye care for children, joins Safe Eyes America in strongly opposing the legislation currently under consideration in the California legislature that lowers the education and surgical training requirements necessary to obtain a license to practice eye surgery.

California Bill AB2236, if enacted, would allow optometrists to perform laser and scalpel surgeries on children without specific pediatric training. Christie MorseMD, AAPOS, EVP, Children’s Ophthalmic Physician and Surgeon, said, “There is nothing more important than helping children succeed on their path to adulthood. It’s that commitment and dedication to children who drive pediatric ophthalmologists – (physicians and surgeons) to provide the highest level of surgical treatment and care to our pediatric patients.Providing such care requires years of medical and surgical training.AB 2236 which is currently under study in the California legislature poses a threat to this high standard of care for California children.”

The eye is one of the most delicate and complex human organs. For the child’s eye, this delicacy and complexity increases exponentially. AB 2236 assumes that a child’s eye and an adult’s eye are one. Nothing could be further from the truth. Children are not just small adults. AAPOS opposes AB 2236 alongside Safe Eyes America.

It is imperative that Californians contact their state senator NOW and urge them to Vote NO on AB 2236. To find your State Senator click on the following link ( California Legislature adjourns for 2022 August 31

About Safe Eyes America

Safe Eyes America is a 501(c) 4 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the provision of the highest quality medical and surgical eye care to the American public..

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