EYE SPECIALISTS FIGHT OVER NEW TREATMENT.Byline: Jonathan Rabinovitz The New York New York, state, United States
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Eager to perform a new eye procedure that experts say could generate as much as $10 billion in revenues, two groups of eye care specialists are battling each other here and in other capitals over bills that will help determine which side will control the market.
On one side are optometrists, whose duties were once limited to eye examinations and prescribing glasses but who have been winning broader rights, in 47 states, to diagnose diseases, treat them and prescribe drugs.
On the other side are ophthalmologists, eye doctors who have attended medical school and have gradually lost their monopoly on many eye treatments but still are the only ones who can perform eye surgery. They contend that the procedure is too risky to allow people without medical degrees to perform it.
The pot of gold in front of both groups is a relatively new - and expensive - laser procedure known as photorefractive keratectomy Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
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While no one is questioning the right of ophthalmologists to perform this new procedure, optometrists are saying they should also be authorized to do it. With both sides under the same intense economic pressures that are pinching many medical specialties Medical Specialties
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``It's economics,'' said Dr. Kenneth P. Taylor, director of the medical and ophthalmic consulting unit at Arthur D. Little Arthur D. Little, Inc. is the world's first management consulting firm. Founded in 1886 by Arthur Dehon Little, an MIT chemist who discovered acetate, and co-worker Roger Griffin, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Arthur D. Little pioneered the concept of contracted technology research. Inc. ``Everyone's rushing for the cash flow from a procedure that in 10 or 20 years may become as common a right of passage as getting braces.''
Experts predict that the relatively painless procedure, which now costs $1,800 to $2,300 per eye, will revolutionize the eye care industry by correcting the vision of people with moderate to mild nearsightedness. Still, some ophthalmologists caution that the procedure is not all it is cracked up to be and note that there are no studies of its effect on a patient's vision beyond three years.
Taylor warned that the initial market for the procedure would be relatively small - roughly 240,000 patients a year - and that other laser procedures may supplant sup·plant
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