AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2010, Volume 12, Number 12.

Ethics Poll

Caring for Your Eyes

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Would you allow a resident ophthalmologist to perform your cataract surgery under the supervision of a more experienced ophthalmologist?
I get a full, eye-dilated exam:
Currently, in all states but Oklahoma, optometrists are not allowed to perform eye surgery, which includes the administration of injectable drugs. Optometrists have attempted to expand their scope of practice in a number of other states. I would feel comfortable if optometrists were allowed to perform:
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.