Illinois Eye Doctors at Odds Over Who Can Perform Procedures

Source: The (Illinois) State Journal-Register

Patients’ health would be put at risk if optometrists in Illinois are successful in their quest for state approval to remove benign nodules and lesions, drain cysts and take tissue samples on the eyes and eyelids, according to physicians who are fighting the proposal.

“These procedures are clearly surgery and will clearly jeopardize patient safety if done by someone who hasn’t attended medical school and a residency,” said Dr. Chris Albanis, an ophthalmologist in the Chicago area and a past president of the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons.

But Effingham optometrist Dr. Matthew Jones said statements by Albanis and other ophthalmologists are “a gross hyperbole of the truth.”

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