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October 13, 2008

Should Ophthalmologists Teach Surgery to Optometrists?

Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126(10):1458-1459. doi:10.1001/archopht.126.10.1458

Consider the following scenarios: (1) A university Department of Ophthalmology offers a course and wet laboratory on the medical and surgical management of eyelid lesions (eg, chalazia, “simple” basal cell carcinomas). They market this course to ophthalmologists and to optometrists. Is this ethical and appropriate? (2) A politically active and referring optometrist asks an ophthalmologist to show him how to perform chalazion and “minor eyelid surgery.” He says that he is not going to do the procedures until it is legal. Is this ethical and appropriate?