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David McCartney MD in the Amarillo Globe-News: "Bills would give rise to empty suits and ‘paper surgeons’"
David L. McCartney MD, — who has practiced ophthalmology for over 30 years in West Texas and graduated with honors from University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio — in his op-ed for the Amarillo Globe-News:
Meet Charlotte Allison, from Texas. At the advice and recommendation of her optometrist — who told her that she required “minor” laser surgery to correct a problem with her vision — she underwent what should have been a simple, short procedure.
But instead of being referred to an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor and surgeon) near her home, her optometrist had her travel six hours to Louisiana — one of only four states in the U.S. that allow optometrists to perform this surgery.
The result was disastrous: a laser eye surgery that should take 10 minutes lasted two hours and caused permanent vision loss.
See below for Charlotte's story, in her own words.
Gary W. Floyd, MD in the Fort Worth Star Telegram: Why can’t Texas legislature see the danger in allowing eye surgery without this?
Gary W. Floyd, MD — a pediatrician practicing in Fort Worth, board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics — writes in opposition to House Bill 1798 in his op-ed for the Fort Worth Star Telegram: