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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to higher education|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to higher education|
senate Bill S1078
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
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- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1078 - Details
S1078 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1078 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the practice of ophthalmic dispensing PURPOSE: This bill authorizes opticians, who obtain an additional certification from the State Education Department, to assess a person's visual acuity, in order to determine the degree of correction necessary to compensate for various vision deficiencies such as nearsightedness or farsightedness through the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This amends §7121 of the Education Law which defines opticians' scope of practice, to authorize opticians to practice visual assessment under certain conditions. The bill adds three additional subdivisions to §7121 which define visual assessment, establish certain educational requirements for opticians to meet in order to be certified to practice visual assessment, and require opticians to refer consumers whose vision cannot be corrected through the use of lenses beyond a certain degree.
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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