Let's acknowledge that most Kentuckians were blind to the optometrists' big-money push for legislative approval to do more surgical procedures.
Also, lawmakers engaged in ittle study and transparency when deciding the state would be the second in the nation to take such a risk.
And efforts by ophthalmologists, the eye surgeons, to highlight possible dangers barely got attention.
But as we review the fine print of how this new law will actually work, the focus should be on the safety of customers' eyesight. The Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners will hear public comments at 9 a.m. today at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike.
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The draft regulations require training from an optometry or medical school. But ophthalmologists are right to demand more specifics about the coursework and training expected before someone is allowed to use scalpels, lasers and give injections.
Ophthalmologists gain surgical experience during a four-year medical program, a one-year hospital internship and a three-year residency. Are we now going to teach optometrists surgical skills in a weekend course? Right now, it's vague.
Perhaps the legislative debate got too sidetracked over who had the medical degree and who did not.
But if optometrists want to instill public confidence in their surgical abilities, they need to set rigorous standards for training and quality oversight.
The selling point for this business expansion was that it would provide more access to eye care, since there are more optometrists across the state than ophthalmologists.
But unless this board takes seriously the safety concerns, this law could end up giving more new business to personal-injury lawyers.