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Texas optometrists "just roll our eyes" over treatment restrictions in the state

Amid what some call an eye care crisis, Texas optometrists are hoping the Legislature will give them more power to help patients without needing other doctors. But ophthalmologists say allowing optometrists more power would put patients' vision at risk.

Dr. Noor Abushagur uses a slit lamp, a microscope used to examine the inner and outer structures of the eye, to make sure Eliecer Arce's retina looks normal. He originally came in with severe swelling, unable to see and was diagnosed with Vogt Koyanagi Harada (VKH), an auto immune condition. Dec 4, 2018.
Elecer Arce, Enedina Puente and their daughter, Melissa Arce pose for a portrait in the waiting room at Community Eye Clinic where Elecer had a follow up appointment. They also have a child in kindergarten and one in eighth grade.
Dr. Noor Abushagur discussed what she sees in her examination and in the images taken of his Eliecer Arce's eyes at a Community Eye Clinic. Dec 4, 2018.
Dennis McManaman of Amarillo TKTK. Jan. 30, 2019.
Eliecer Arce walks out of the exam room at Community Eye Clinic after a follow up appointment. Dec 4, 2018.

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