Safe Surgery Arkansas was formed in 2019 as a response to the Arkansas General Assembly passing HB1251 (now Act 579 of 2019), a new law that permits optometrists (i.e. non-medical doctors) to perform certain surgeries on your eyes, without them having to attend medical school or years of surgical residency training.  

The eyesight of Arkansans will be jeopardized when individuals without the proper training are allowed to use scalpels and lasers to perform surgery on or around the eyes of Arkansans.  Patients’ eyesight will be threatened when a non-medical doctor is allowed to inject a needle around Arkansans’ eyes.  Our eyesight is too important to allow someone who is not properly trained perform these delicate surgical procedures.