senate Bill S1078

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides for the conducting of visual assessments by ophthalmic dispensers

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to higher education
Jan 09, 2013 referred to higher education

S1078 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7978
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §7121, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3661, A3083
2009-2010: A4831

S1078 - Summary

Relates to the practice of ophthalmic dispensing by ophthalmic dispensers pursuant to a visual assessment; provides that the commissioner of education shall establish educational and examination requirements to certify ophthalmic dispensers to practice visual assessment.

S1078 - Sponsor Memo

S1078 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1078

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education  law,  in  relation  to  the  practice  of
  ophthalmic dispensing

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 7121 of the education law, as  amended  by  chapter
647 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:
  S  7121. Definition of practice of ophthalmic dispensing. 1. The prac-
tice of the profession of ophthalmic dispensing is defined  as  adapting
and  fitting  lenses, for the correction of deficiencies, deformities or
anomalies of the human eyes,  or  adapting  and  fitting  non-corrective
contact  lenses,  on  written prescriptions from a licensed physician or
optometrist OR PURSUANT TO A VISUAL ASSESSMENT PERFORMED BY AN OPHTHALM-
IC DISPENSER WHO IS CERTIFIED TO PERFORM VISUAL ASSESSMENT IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS  SECTION.  Replacements
or  duplicates  of  such  lenses  may  be  adapted and dispensed without
prescription. Contact lenses may be fitted by  an  ophthalmic  dispenser
only  under  the personal supervision of a licensed physician or optome-
trist.
  2. AN OPHTHALMIC DISPENSER MAY PRACTICE VISUAL ASSESSMENT ONLY  PURSU-
ANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. VISUAL ASSESSMENT FOR PURPOSES OF
THIS  SECTION MEANS TO TEST A PERSON'S VISION, BY THE USE OF A SERIES OF
LENSES AND THEIR ROTATION, TO DETERMINE THE DEGREE OF CORRECTION  NEEDED
TO  COMPENSATE  FOR  HYPEROPIA,  MYOPIA,  PRESBYOPIA, ASTIGMATISM OR ANY
COMBINATION OF THESE.
  3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL  ESTABLISH  BY  REGULATION  EDUCATIONAL  AND
EXAMINATION  REQUIREMENTS  TO  CERTIFY OPHTHALMIC DISPENSERS TO PRACTICE
VISUAL ASSESSMENT. SUCH EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS  SHALL  INCLUDE  NINETY
CONTRACT  HOURS  IN  THE  PRINCIPLES  OF  VISUAL ASSESSMENT OFFERED BY A

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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