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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 14TEXAS OPTOMETRY BOARD
CHAPTER 279INTERPRETATIONS
RULE §279.12Relationship with Dispensing Optician - Separation of Offices

(a) The Texas Optometry Act, §351.364(a), requires that the space occupied by the optometrist or therapeutic optometrist shall be separated from the space occupied by the dispensing optician by solid partitions or walls from floor to ceiling. The intent of the legislature in passing §351.364 is specifically spelled out in §351.364(d) and is to insure that the practices of optometry and therapeutic optometry shall be carried out in such a manner that they are completely and totally separated from the business of any dispensing optician.

(b) In light of the overriding legislative intent in passing §351.364 that the practices of optometry and therapeutic optometry be completely and totally separate from the business of any dispensing optician, it is the interpretation of the board that §351.364(a), set forth in subsection (a) of this section, prohibits the space occupied by an optometrist or therapeutic optometrist and space occupied by a dispensing optician from being joined by a wall in which there is a door, either locked or unlocked.


Source Note: The provisions of this §279.12 adopted to be effective September 9, 2001, 26 TexReg 6679

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