So, now in OK, and OD can do the exact same scope of practice that and MD can. You have PA's expanding their scope and working independently in a number of specialties. Nurse anesthesists are filling the role of the anethesiologist. Why do you think all of this is happening? At this rate, your nice MD diploma will be practically worthless as all these pseudo-physicians greedily pluck away at what has traditionally been the territory of the MD. And I do say GREEDILY. The culture of medicine has been to train properly to acquire the skill and licensure needed to increase your scope of practice. Not to go beg the government for a bill. A bill doesn't make you safe to practice. A bill does not replace medical school and residency. A bill only makes you legal, based on the number of people and amount of money you had backing the bill. To all of the GREEDY OD's, PAs, CRNP's, CRNA's.....you will never be the equivalent of an MD because someone signed their name to a piece of paper stating that you were. The only way you can become that equivalent is to undergo the training. And being a nurse or a EMT for 20 years, although an impressive and noble feat, does not equate to medical school and residency. And certainly, being an OD with your 1 year of clinical experience and practice shooting laser at rabbit eyes does not make you qualified to go diggin around in a human eye with instruments that can destroy that eye. In OK, is there now any need for OMD's? I think they should all pack up and leave the state. Protest! do something to show the idiots who run the OK legislature that OD does not equal OMD. OD's doing catataract surgery? this is truly a giant step for our health care system. Surely, if a similar bill came forth that gave PA's the right to perform laparascopic cholecystectomies and hernia repairs, the OK government would immediately sign it into law, right? Likely not, because they probably think that because OPH procedures are quick, they must be easy. Most legislators and politicians are truly idiots, go meet with one of your state legislators if you don't believe it. Especially if you live in a rural state. Of course they don't understand why it takes an MD to do surgery!! Three years of optometry school + the 1 year of clinical experience? That's the typical OD school right? This gives your the training necessary to do enucleations? Personally, I grieve for the poor Oklahomans that will no doubt have their eyes trashed by one of these pathetic OD's who had to use the law to to expand their expertise, rather than training. This will surely effect ophthalmologists too. The rate of failed cataracts will increase, prompting increased malpractice premiums. The reimbursements for these procedures will fall. And because the general public couldn't tell you the difference between an OMD and an OD, the practice of ocular surgery will be thrown backward 50 years as people assume it is pseudo-surgery. Of course, you will all argue that with a little bit of training, the OD's will do just fine. With a little bit of training, I could command the space shuttle...that doesn't mean its either appropriate, or a good idea. I really don't see the point of being an ophthalmologist in OK now. They must be livid, to have had their training suddenly equated to that of the OD with the swift stroke of a pen. A call to arms....OK OMD's protest!!!! Leave the State!!!! GO on STRIKE!!!! Better yet, start a program of public education that will make the people aware of the difference in qualifications, so they can make their own choice about appropriate scope of practice.