Chapter 4726-13 Standards of Practice

4726-13-01 General information.

(A) The purpose of this chapter is to establish:

(1) Minimal acceptable standards of safe and effective opticianry practice in any setting; and,

(2) Minimal acceptable standards of safe and effective ocularistry practice in any setting.

(B) For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) "Licensed dispensing optician" means an optician who has met the requirements of sections 4725.47 to 4725.51 of the Revised Code and who holds a current valid license issued by the board.

(2) "Licensed ocularist" means an ocularist who has met the requirements of sections 4725.47 to 4725.51 of the Revised Code and who holds a current valid license issued by the board.

(3) "Patient" means any recipient of optical or ocularistry care provided by a licensed dispensing optician, licensed ocularist. apprentice optician or apprentice ocularist.

(4) "Apprentice" "registered apprentice" means a person registered with the board to engage in a learning experience under the direct supervision of the registered supervisor.

(5) "Prescription" means the written or verbal directions or instructions as specified by a physician or optometrist licensed by any state for preparing an optical aid for a patient.

(6) "Registered supervisor" means the licensed dispensing optician or ocularist registered with the board as the supervising licensed optician or the supervising ocularist, as appropriate, for the registered apprentice optician or the registered apprentice ocularist.

Effective: 11/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.53

4726-13-02 Standards relating to competent practice as a licensed dispensing optician.

(A) A licensed dispensing optician shall provide opticianry care within the scope of practice of optical dispensing as set forth in division (B) of section 4725.40 of the Revised Code and the rules of the board.

(B) A licensed dispensing optician shall maintain current knowledge of the duties, responsibilities and accountabilities for safe opticianry care.

(C) A licensed optician shall demonstrate competence and accountability in all areas of practice in which the licensed dispensing optician is engaged, which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) Consistent performance of all aspects of opticianry care;

(2) When the opticianry care to be provided is in accordance with division (H) of section 4725.40 of the Revised Code, the licensed dispensing optician has a specific current prescription from a physician or optometrist licensed by any state for preparing an optical aid for a patient.

(D) A licensed dispensing optician shall:

(1) Implement any appropriately authorized prescription for a patient unless the licensed dispensing optician has reason to believe the prescription is:

(a) Inaccurate;

(b) Not properly authorized;

(c) Not current or valid; or,

(d) Contraindicated by other documented information.

(2) Clarify a prescription for a patient when the licensed dispensing optician has reason to believe the prescription is:

(a) Inaccurate;

(b) Not properly authorized;

(c) Not current or valid; or,

(d) Contraindicated by other documented information.

(E) A licensed dispensing optician shall maintain the confidentiality of patient information.

(F) At all times when a licensed dispensing optician is providing opticianry care to a patient all licensed opticians shall:

(1) Wear an identifying badge with his/her name and designation of licensed dispensing optician;

(2) Cause any apprentices under his/her supervision to wear an identifying badge with the name of the apprentice and the designation of apprentice optician;

(3) Appropriately document the care provided including, but not limited to, the prescription and the optical aid dispensed.

(4) Not falsify any client record or any other document prepared or utilized in the course of, or in conjunction with, opticianry practice;

(5) Treat each patient with courtesy, respect, and with full recognition of dignity and individuality; and,

(6) Provide the appropriate direction, supervision and evaluation of all tasks performed by the apprentice optician registered under the licensed optician.

(G) When opticianry practice, as set forth in section 4725.40 of the Revised Code, is supervised, only a licensed dispensing optician shall supervise the practice of other licensed dispensing opticians or registered dispensing apprentices.

(H) A licensed dispensing optician shall not submit or cause to be submitted any false, misleading, or deceptive statement, information, or documentation to the board, to current employers, or to any future employers for positions requiring a license as a dispensing optician.

(I) A licensed dispensing optician, when functioning in a supervisory role, shall assure that:

(1) Each dispensing optician under the supervising licensed dispensing optician has a current, valid license and wall certificate to practice as a licensed dispensing optician, and that the license and wall certificate are displayed in a conspicuous place at the place of the practice of opticianry;

(2) Each apprentice optician has a current valid registration that is displayed in a conspicuous place at the place of the practice of apprentice opticianry; and,

(3) Each dispensing optician and each apprentice optician under the supervising licensed dispensing optician wears an identifying badge with the licensed optician's, licensed ocularist's or apprentice optician's or apprentice ocularist's name and the designation of either licensed dispensing optician, apprentice optician, licensed ocularist or apprentice ocularist as appropriate.

Replaces: 4726-17-01, 4726-17-02

Effective: 11/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.53
Prior Effective Dates: 11/29/79, 8/14/94 (Emerg.), 10/14/94, 1/23/06

4726-13-03 Standards relating to competent practice as an ocularist.

(A) A licensed ocularist shall provide ocularistry care within the scope of practice of ocularistry as set forth in division (J) of section 4725.40 of the Revised Code and the rules of the board.

(B) A licensed ocularist shall maintain current knowledge of the duties, responsibilities and accountabilities for safe ocularistry care.

(C) A licensed ocularist shall demonstrate competence and accountability in all area of practice in which the licensed ocularist is engaged, which includes, but is not limited to, the consistent performance of all aspects of ocularistry care.

(D) A licensed ocularist shall:

(1) Implement any appropriately authorized prescription for a patient unless the licensed ocularist has reason to believe the prescription is:

(a) Inaccurate;

(b) Not properly authorized;

(c) Not current or valid;

(d) Contraindicated by other documented information.

(2) Clarify a prescription for a patient when the licensed ocularist believes the prescription is:

(a) Inaccurate;

(b) Not properly authorized;

(c) Not current or valid;

(d) Contraindicated by other documented information.

(3) When clarifying a prescription, the licensed ocularist in a timely manner shall:

(a) Consult with the appropriate licensed practitioner; and,

(b) Document that the licensed practitioner has been consulted and notified.

(E) A licensed ocularist shall maintain the confidentiality of patient information.

(F) At all times when a licensed ocularist is providing ocularistry care to a patient, the licensed ocularists shall:

(1) Wear an identifying badge with his/her name and designation of licensed ocularist;

(2) Cause any apprentices under his/her supervision to wear an identifying badge with the apprentice's name and designation of apprentice ocularist;

(3) In a complete, accurate and timely manner, report and document ocularistry care provided by the licensed ocularist for the patient and the patient's response to that care;

(4) Not falsify any client record or any other document prepared or utilized in the course of, or in conjunction with, ocularistry practice;

(5) Treat each patient with courtesy, respect, and with full recognition of dignity and individuality; and,

(6) Provide the appropriate direction, supervision and evaluation of tasks performed by apprentices registered under the licensed ocularist.

(G) When ocularistry practice, as set forth in section 4725.40 of the Revised Code, is supervised or evaluated, only a licensed ocularist shall supervise the practice of ocularistry by other licensed ocularists or registered apprentice ocularists:

(H) A licensed ocularist, when functioning in a supervising role, shall assure that adequate procedures are in place and implemented to verify that:

(1) Each ocularist under the supervising ocularist has a current, valid license and wall certificate to practice as a licensed ocularist and that the wall certificate and license are displayed in a conspicuous place at the place of the practice of ocularistry; and,

(2) Each apprentice ocularist has a current valid registration that is displayed in a conspicuous place at the place of practice of the practice of apprentice ocularistry.

Replaces: 4726-17-01, 4726-17-02

Effective: 11/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4725.44
Rule Amplifies: 4725.53
Prior Effective Dates: 11/29/79, 8/4/94 (Emerg.), 10/14/94, 1/23/06