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Arkansas Ophthalmological Society (AOS), Arkansas Eye MDs, is a statewide professional society representing ophthalmologists practicing in the state of Arkansas. The primary purpose of AOS is to maintain the high quality of medical eye care in Arkansas by serving its members through professional education, practice management, and advocacy efforts. Ophthalmologists are highly trained providers of medical eye care, including the prescription of corrective lenses and surgical procedures, treating eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

AOS' mission
is to serve the total visual health care needs of people through public and professional education, membership services and legislative advocacy. The AOS is dedicated to the public's direct access to an ophthalmologist's care. The AOS is the leader in promoting visual health and accessible, affordable, quality total eye care.

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Safe Surgery Arkansas

     Patient Safety at Risk: Safe Surgery Arkansas Seeking Signatures to End Optometry Eye Surgery Act

Safe Surgery Arkansas, a coalition of medical doctors with years of extensive surgical training, announced the formation of a ballot question committee to coordinate a statewide referendum challenging Act 579 of 2019. The coalition includes members from the Arkansas Ophthalmological Society and the Arkansas Medical Society.

Act 579, one of the more controversial pieces of legislation of the 2019 legislative session, allows optometrists, who are non-medical doctors without surgical residencies, to use scalpels and lasers to perform eye surgery on Arkansans.  The Arkansas Constitution gives the people of Arkansas the right to refer to voters any act of the Legislature. Safe Surgery Arkansas is seeking the required number of signatures to get the measure on the November 2020 general election ballot. Pursuant to the Arkansas Constitution, Act 579 would be temporarily suspended until the people vote.

A survey commissioned by the Arkansas Medical Society earlier this year found that 65 percent of Arkansans opposed allowing optometrists to perform surgeries with lasers and scalpels. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who must have four years of medical school, a one-year hospital internship and three-year surgical residencies. Optometrists are not medical doctors and instead complete a four-year program to study eye care, including fitting glasses and contact lenses.

“Every day the people of Arkansas rely on medical doctors who have the experience and training to perform medical procedures to ensure that they are getting world class healthcare in Arkansas.  We are confident that when the people are heard on this issue, they will not allow individuals without medical degrees and without surgical residencies to jeopardize the precious eyesight of Arkansans,” said R. Scott Lowery, M.D., President of the Arkansas Ophthalmological Society.

If you would like to contribute to the referendum efforts of Safe Surgery Arkansas, visit, or you can send a check made payable to Safe Surgery Arkansas at PO Box 55088, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72215.



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                                    AOS | PO Box 55088 |  Little Rock, AR 72215-5088

                                                          501-224-8967 (phone) | 501-224-6489 (fax)

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