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49 Pa. Code § 23.3. Means and methods for the examination, diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the visual system.

§ 23.3. Means and methods for the examination, diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the visual system.

 The means and methods for the examination, diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the visual system that may be employed by licensed optometrists include:

   (1)  The use of any computerized or automatic refracting device.

   (2)  Visual field testing such as manual or automatic perimetry.

   (3)  Ophthalmoscopy and gonioscopy.

   (4)  Anterior and posterior segment photography.

   (5)  Testing for glaucoma.

   (6)  Electrodiagnostic testing.

   (7)  The use of diagnostic lasers for diagnostic purposes consistent with section 2 of the act (63 P. S. §  244.2), which excludes the use of therapeutic lasers and laser surgery.

   (8)  The employment of vision therapy.

   (9)  Visual rehabilitation.

   (10)  Diagnosis and treatment of the lacrimal system through the use of therapeutic agents, punctal plugs, dilation of the punctum and irrigation of the lacrimal system.

   (11)  Epilation of lashes.

   (12)  Ultrasound examination of the eye and orbit. An optometrist may perform intraocular lens calculations upon the written order of an ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist shall make final selection of lens implant power.

   (13)  Ordering laboratory work.

   (14)  At the request of an ophthalmologist, interpreting and reporting of angiographic studies of ocular vasculature and blood flow.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  23.3 issued under section 3(a)(2.1), (3) and (b)(9) and (14) of the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act (63 P.S. §  244.3(a)(2.1), (3) and (b)(9) and (14).

Source

   The provisions of this §  23.3 adopted June 3, 2005, effective June 4, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 3220.

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  23.64 (relating to professional conduct).



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