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Chapter 420-4 CONDUCT

Rule 420-4-.01 All Work Under Supervision of Licensed Dispensing Optician

Any trainee, apprentice, unlicensed optician, or any other person working for and under a licensed dispensing optician, optometrist, or physician shall not do optical dispensing unless he/she is working exclusively for and under the direct supervision of a licensed dispensing optician, optometrist, or physician and does not hold himself/herself out to the public generally as a dispensing optician. Direct supervision shall mean daily, onsite, close contact while optical dispensing is taking place within the retail establishment.

Rule 420-4-.02 Unprofessional Conduct

(1) Unprofessional conduct, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation in the practice of optical dispensing shall include but not be limited to the following:
(a) the use of the title "doctor", or any abbreviation thereof by an "optical dispenser" except by a person duly licensed to practice medicine in this State or by a person who holds an approved degree of doctor of optometry when followed by the qualification "optometrist";
(b) any conduct or advertising of a character tending to deceive or mislead the public;
(c) aiding or abetting, either directly or indirectly in the conduct or advertising of any employer, firm or associate if such conduct or advertising conflicts with the foregoing regulations; or continuing the practice of optical dispensing with any such employer, firm or associate after the optical dispenser has received written notice from the Board of such conduct or advertising by the firm or associate;
(d) directly or indirectly participating in any manner in the division, assignment, rebate, splitting or refunding of service fees or cost of completed eye glasses, or part thereof, with a physician, optometrist or other person or persons.
(2) A licensed dispensing optician or Dispensing Optician Apprentice shall display either the title "Licensed Dispensing Optician" or 'Dispensing Optician Apprentice", or, the abbreviation "L.D.O." or "D.O.A." on a name tag or other similar form of identification during times when such person is providing direct patient care.

Rule 420-4-.03 Code of Ethics

The following code of ethics is hereby adopted by the Board to govern and as a guide for the conduct of licensed dispensing opticians in the practice of opticianry in this state. Each licensed optician shall:

(a) Keep the visual welfare of the customer uppermost at all times;
(b) Promote in every possible way the better care of the visual needs of the citizens of this state;
(c) Enhance continuously his/her educational and technical proficiency to the end that his/her customers shall receive the benefits of all acknowledged improvements in visual care;
(d) See that no worthy person shall lack for opticianry service regardless of the financial status of the person;
(e) Advise each customer whenever consultation with an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist for professional care seems advisable;
(f) Hold in confidence all information concerning a customer and use such data only for the benefit of the customer;
(g) Conduct himself/herself as an exemplary citizen;
(h) Maintain his office and practice in harmony with true professional standards;
(i) Maintain and promote cordial and useful mutual relationships with members of his profession and other professions for the interchange of information for the advantage of mankind; and
(j) Refrain from any exaggeration of a customer's condition.