HB 103: "An Act relating to the practice of optometry."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 103                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to the practice of optometry."                                                                         
02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
03    * Section 1. AS 08.72.050 is amended to read:                                                                      
04            Sec. 08.72.050. Regulations. The board shall adopt regulations                                             
05                 (1)  necessary for the proper performances of its duties;                                               
06                 (2)  governing the applicants and applications for licensing;                                           
07                 (3)  for the licensing of optometrists;                                                                 
08                 (4)  necessary to govern the practice of optometry, including the                                   
09       prescription and use of pharmaceutical agents for the treatment of eye disease;                               
10                 (5)  prescribing requirements that a person licensed under this chapter                                 
11       must meet to demonstrate continued professional competency;                                                   
12                 (6)  describing the scope of practice for a licensee to perform                                     
13       ophthalmic surgery and noninvasive procedures.                                                                
14    * Sec. 2. AS 08.72.181(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
15            (d)  Before a license may be renewed, the licensee shall submit to the board                                 
01       evidence that, during the preceding licensing period [IN THE FOUR YEARS                                       
02       PRECEDING THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL], the licensee has                                                          
03                 [(1)  COMPLETED EIGHT HOURS OF CONTINUING                                                               
04       EDUCATION, APPROVED BY THE BOARD, CONCERNING THE USE AND                                                          
05       PRESCRIPTION OF PHARMACEUTICAL AGENTS;                                                                            
06                 (2)  COMPLETED SEVEN HOURS OF CONTINUING                                                                
07       EDUCATION, APPROVED BY THE BOARD, CONCERNING THE INJECTION                                                        
08       OF NONTOPICAL THERAPEUTIC PHARMACEUTICAL AGENTS; AND                                                              
09                 (3)]  met [OTHER] continuing education requirements as may be                                           
10 prescribed by regulations of the board to ensure the continued protection of the public.                                
11    * Sec. 3. AS 08.72.272(a) is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                       
12 (a)  A licensee may prescribe and use a pharmaceutical agent, including a                                               
13 controlled substance, in the practice of optometry if the pharmaceutical agent is used                                  
14 in a manner consistent with standards adopted by the board in regulation; the standards                                 
15       must include limitations on practice adopted under AS 08.72.278.                                                  
16    * Sec. 4. AS 08.72 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
17 Sec. 08.72.278. Limitation on practice. (a) A licensee may perform the                                              
18 services of optometry as defined in AS 08.72.300 only if the services are within the                                    
19 scope of the licensee's education, training, and experience as established by                                           
20       regulations adopted by the board.                                                                                 
21 (b)  A licensee may not perform ophthalmic surgery, as described by the board                                           
22 in regulation, if the surgery is beyond the scope of the licensee's education, training,                                
23       and experience.                                                                                                   
24    * Sec. 5. AS 08.72.300(3) is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                       
25 (3)  "optometry" means the examination, evaluation, diagnosis,                                                          
26 treatment, or performance of preventive procedures related to diseases, disorders, or                                   
27 conditions of the human eyes or adjacent and associated structures, consistent with this                                
28       chapter and regulations adopted by the board;