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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 28, 2019 11:19 AM
From: Senator David G. Argall and Sen. Scott Martin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Defining Ophthalmic Surgery
In the near future, we will introduce legislation that will amend the Medical Practice Act of 1985 to define ophthalmic surgery.

Currently no definition exists in Pennsylvania law. This legislation will ensure that individuals who are not licensed, trained or educated in surgery of the eye are prohibited from performing ophthalmologic surgical procedures.

Pennsylvania law is clear: only a physician can perform eye surgery; however, what is not clear is what exactly eye (ophthalmic) surgery is. The definition we plan to introduce was developed by ophthalmic surgeons and will clearly define the practice of ophthalmic surgery. We believe this legislation is critical to the safety and protection of those individuals who will undergo ophthalmic surgery in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as SB853