Beshear Signs Optometry Bill Into Law

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a bill into law that will allow optometrists to perform some uncomplicated medical procedures now reserved for ophthalmologists.

Beshear said in a statement the measure will give Kentuckians greater access to necessary eye care.

The Kentucky Medical Association and the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons had opposed the measure that allows optometrists to perform simple procedures like removing non-cancerous skin tags from eyelids or clearing lenses implanted by ophthalmologists in cataract surgeries.

The legislation, which was filed earlier this month, sailed through both the Senate and House and was signed into law within three weeks.

"I believe this new law will mean more Kentuckians can get the eye care they need," Beshear said.

Beshear said in a statement that he intends to meet with the Board of Optometric Examiners to make sure that optometrists undergo extensive training before conducting any surgical procedures.