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Can any ophthalmologist perform surgery or is additional certification/training required?

In the U.S., all ophthalmologists who have finished residency and are fully licensed have no legal restraints to performing ophthalmological surgeries. Many obtain subspecialty training and become adept at sub-sections of surgery; for example eyelid surgery, retinal surgery or pediatric surgery. Others are limited by local requirements in hospitals and surgical centers. But these are restrictions with no legal underpinnings from the standpoint of licensing by each state which places no limits currently.

Answered by: Richard Bensinger, MD Dr. Richard Bensinger

Categories: Eye Surgery

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Answered: Mar 30, 2014

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