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