March 2017 Newsletter

Rep. Cooper says eye care bills “wrong/dangerous” on ‘Top Docs’

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) distributed the following press release on February 27…  

Georgia Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) – the chair of the Georgia House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee – said she believes that two bills state lawmakers are now considering would place Georgians at risk of blindness and other serious eye complications when she appeared on a special edition of MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network on February 23.

H.B. 416 or S.B. 221 would allow optometrists to perform a variety of extraocular injections – something that is prohibited in 42 states.

“You only have two eyes,” stressed Rep. Cooper. “They are very delicate organs. They don’t regenerate if you do something to them. That’s why this bill is so wrong and so dangerous for patients.”

Go to to listen to a recording of Rep. Cooper’s ‘Top Docs’ show.

MAG President Steven M. Walsh, M.D., shares Rep. Cooper’s concerns, emphasizing that, “MAG is opposing these bills because they would inappropriately expand optometrists’ scope of practice and they would undermine patient care.”

He concludes that, “Optometrists who receive just 30 hours of additional training simply do not have the necessary training or skill set to perform these kinds of delicate procedures in or near a patient’s eye.”

Rep. Cooper is encouraging all Georgians to contact their legislators as soon as possible to oppose H.B. 416 and S.B. 221.

MAG sponsors the ‘Top Docs Radio’ program at 12 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. It is supported with a grant from Health Care Research, a subsidiary of Alliant Health Solutions.