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49 Pa. Code § 23.33. Practice.

§ 23.33. Practice.

 (a)  An optometrist engaged in the active practice of optometry shall practice in a room used exclusively for the practice of optometry when practicing in the optometrist’s office. A change in this address, or the addition of places of practice, shall comply with § §  23.43 and 23.44 (relating to offices; and additional practice locations).

 (b)  In compliance with §  23.36 (relating to consultant, advisor, staff or employe optometry), an optometrist may arrange the professional practice to include service to a licensed health care service facility, including in-patient or out-patient hospitals and emergency rooms, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, or any facility with the need for optometric services.

 (c)  An optometrist may, as a professional courtesy, accept a request to attend the patients of another optometrist in the office of the other optometrist, during a temporary absence from practice, if consistent with other duties.

 (d)  An optometrist may provide services to a patient who is physically incapable of coming to the optometrist’s office, at that patient’s residence or location.

 (e)  An optometrist may provide vision screenings at any location, public or private, within this Commonwealth.

 (f)  An optometrist shall carry his wallet renewal card on his person as proof of current licensure, for presentation on demand, whenever rendering optometric services outside of his regular practice location.


   The provisions of this §  23.33 amended under section 3(b)(14) of the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act (63 P.S. §  244.3(b)(14)); amended under section 812.1 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  279.3a); and sections 3(a)(2), (2.1), (3) and (14), (b)(9) and (14) and 6(c)(2)(ii) of the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act (63 P.S. § §  244.3(a)(2), (2.1), (3) and (14), (b)(9) and (14) and 244.6(c)(2)(ii)).


   The provisions of this §  23.33 adopted September 16, 1965; amended October 28, 1988, effective October 29, 1988, 18 Pa.B. 4863; amended May 31, 1991, effective June 1, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 2552; amended June 3, 2005, effective June 4, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 3220. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (222965) to (222966).

Cross References

   This section in 49 Pa. Code §  23.44 (relating to additional practice locations); and 49 Pa. Code §  23.63 (relating to fee sharing).

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