Board of Optometry

“Revised Optometry Law of 1995.”

Acts Constituting the Practice of Optometry - Any of the following acts constitute the practice of optometry:

  1. The examination of the human eye through the employment of subjective and objective procedures, including the use of specific topical diagnostic pharmaceutical agents or drugs and instruments, tools, equipment, implements, visual aids, apparatuses, machines, ocular exercises and related devices, for the purpose of determining the condition and acuity of human vision to correct and improve the same in accordance with subsections b, c and d hereof;
  2. The prescription and dispensing of ophthalmic lenses, prisms, contact lenses and their accessories and solutions, frames and their accessories, and supplies for the purpose of correcting and treating defects, deficiencies and abnormalities of vision;
  3. The conduct of ocular exercises and vision training, the provision of orthoptics and other devices and procedures to aid and correct abnormalities of human vision, and the installation of prosthetic devices;
  4. The counseling of patients with regard to vision and eye care and hygiene;
  5. The establishment of offices, clinics, and similar places where optometric services are offered; and
  6. The collection of professional fees for the performance of any of the acts mentioned in paragraphs a, b, c, and d of this Section.

Prohibition Against the Unauthorized Practice of Optometry - No person shall practice optometry as defined in Section 3 of this Act nor perform any of the acts constituting the practice of optometry as set forth in Section 4 hereof, without having been first admitted to the practice of this profession under the provisions of this Act and its implementing rules and regulations: Provided, That this prohibition shall not apply to regularly licensed and duly registered physicians who have received post-graduate training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases: Provided, however, That the examination of the human eye by duly registered physicians in connection with the physical examination of patients shall not be considered as practice of optometry: Provided, further, that public health workers trained and involved in the government’s blindness prevention program may conduct only visual acuity test and visual screening.

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