Arkansas House passes bill allowing optometrists to perform more eye surgeries — 3 insights

The Arkansas Houses passed a bill allowing optometrists to perform a greater range of surgeries, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports.

What you should know:

1. The bill was passed by a 70 to 19 vote.

2. The bill advances to the Senate, where if passed will allow optometrists to give injections around eyes, remove bumps and lesions, and perform laser surgery.

3. Alaska, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Kentucky passed bills like what Arkansas is debating. Five other states allow optometrists to remove lumps and bumps but limit laser surgeries.

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