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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 21, 2015 10:00 AM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Defining Ophthalmic Surgery
I plan to introduce legislation to amend the Medical Practice Act of 1985 to provide a definition of ophthalmic surgery.

The Medical Practice Act of 1985 does not currently provide a definition of surgery performed on the eye and/or eyelid, and while the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act prohibits optometrists from performing surgery, it also does not define that term.

Pennsylvania law is clear, only a physician is authorized to perform eye surgery; what is not clear is what exactly eye surgery is. The definition in my legislation was developed by ophthalmic surgeons and will clarify those procedures that only a physician may perform.

Introduced as HB1305