GREENSBORO, NC --North Carolina lawmakers want the UNC school system to look into bringing the first optometry program to the state.
In the state budget, officials are asking the school system to do a feasible study about an optometry program at one of its eight UNC schools.
The program designed to educate future eye doctors could end up in the Triad. North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem University are on the optometry school study list.
Dr. Peter Dunn said this could be both positive and negative if the program does come to North Carolina.
"There are a limited number so to have one here would be special," said Dr. Peter Dunn, who is an Optometrist in Greensboro. "This would be one way to address the problem because the cost would be less than students going to in state institution but there are two-sides to that coin. So, yes we definitely have a concern that there could be an increase influx of optometrists and there could be an overflow. That's always a concern that you have with the instate school," said Dunn.
As of 2014, there are only 20 eye doctor schools nationwide.
A UNC Schools' spokesperson told WFMY News 2, the school system has until the end of the calendar to submit its report.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday afternoon, he will sign General Assembly's $21 billion budget when it hits his desk.