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Chapter 430-3 CODE OF ETHICS

Rule 430-3-.01 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 doctors of optometry in the practice of optometry in this state. Each licensed doctor of optometry shall:

(a) keep the visual or optometric welfare of the patient uppermost at all times;
(b) promote in every possible way the better care of the health needs of the citizens of this state;
(c) enhance continuously his educational and technical proficiency to the end that his patients shall receive the benefits of all acknowledged improvements in visual care;
(d) see that no worthy person shall lack for optometric care regardless of the financial status of the person;
(e) advise each patient whenever consultation with an optometric colleague or referral for other professional care seems advisable;
(f) hold in professional confidence all information concerning a patient and use such data only for the benefit of the patient;
(g) conduct himself 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;
(j) refrain from any exaggeration of a patient's condition.