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Chapter 420-6 DEFINITIONS

Rule 420-6-.01 Dispensing Opticians

(1) A "dispensing optician" is anyone who prepares, fits and dispenses prescription lenses, spectacles, eyeglasses, contact lenses, or any other type of vision-correcting optical device to the intended user.
(2) A person will be considered as within this definition who does any one or a combination of the following practices:
(a) Interprets optical prescriptions issued by an ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician for the lab optician who fabricates vision-correcting optical lenses;
(b) Measures inter-ocular or pupillary distances to determine the proper position of vision-correcting lenses;
(c) Determines the necessary type or shape of lenses or position of multi-focal segments and optical centers for the intended wearer of vision-correcting optical lenses;
(d) Measures any part of a person's face or head for the purpose of adapting any vision-correcting optical device thereto;
(e) Adapts or aligns frames with vision-correcting lenses to the face of the intended wearer.
(3) Although the Act does not require licensing of those lab opticians or persons who perform merely mechanical work upon inert materials in an optical office or laboratory, it does anticipate that dispensing opticians will, in addition to the above skills, have a basic knowledge of these laboratory techniques. The responsibility to the public for correct grinding and lens preparation, etc., is placed in the hands of the dispensing optician or fitter, and this is the person the Act seeks to control by requiring that he be qualified and licensed.