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Statutes of Newfoundland 1991


CHAPTER 25

AN ACT TO AMEND THE OPTOMETRY ACT, 1981

(Assented to October 31, 1991)

Analysis

1. S.27(t) Amdt.
Regulations

2. S.45 R&S
Diagnostic drugs

Be it enacted by the Lieutenant-Governor and House of Assembly in Legislative Session convened, as follows:


1981 c.40
as amended

1. Paragraph 27(t) of The Optometry Act, 1981 is repealed and the following substituted:

(t) respecting the qualifications of practitioners who may use topical anesthetics and topical diagnostic pharmaceutical agents under the authority of section 45; and

2. Section 45 of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

Diagnostic drugs

45. (1) A practitioner shall not use drugs during the course of the practice of optometry except dyes applied topically for diagnostic purposes, topical anesthetics as set out in subsection (2) and topical diagnostic agents as set out in subsection (3).

(2) Subject to paragraph 27(t), a practitioner may use the following topical anesthetics during the course of the practice of optometry for the purpose of measuring a patient's intra-ocular pressure:

(a) benoxinate hydrochloride, not to exceed 0.4%; or

(b) proparacaine hydrochloride, not to exceed 0.5%.

(3) Subject to paragraph 27(t), a practitioner may use the following topical diagnostic pharmaceutical agents during the course of the practice of optometry:

(a) cyclopentolate hydrochloride, 0.5% or 1%;

(b) tropicamide, 0.5% or 1%; or

(c) phenylephrine hydrochloride, 2.5%.

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