The Act amends the definition of optometry to include the administration or prescription of topically applied pharmaceutical agents approved by the State Board of Examiners of Optometry. The Act also defines the standard of care to which optometrists who treat ocular disease with topical pharmaceutical agents must adhere. The Act provides misdemeanor penalties or those optometrists who treat ocular disease outside the authorized scope of practice. The Act exempts from continuing education requirements those optometrists who are sixty-five years of age or older. Finally, the Act sets forth presumptions for construing liability of pharmacists who, in good faith, fill prescriptions for topically applied pharmaceutical agents issue by optometrists under the Act.
"HEALTH Optometric Practice: Allow Use of Topically Applied Agents for Treatment of ocular Diseases; Provide for Continuing Education,"
Georgia State University Law Review: Vol. 5
, Article 64.
Available at: http://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol5/iss1/64