Acts on Optometry

Acts pertaining to the profession of optometry

  1. The following acts are hereby specified as acts which shall for the purposes of the Act be deemed to be acts pertaining to the profession of optometry: (1)  The performance of eye examinations on patients with the specific purpose of detecting visual errors in order  to provide clear, comfortable and effective vision;      

(2)    the correction of errors of refraction and related factors by the provision of spectacles and/or lenses and/or spectacle frames and/or contact lenses and/or the maintenance thereof, or by any means other than surgical procedures;

(3)    the use of scheduled substance which is approved by the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians and the Medicines Control Council and subject to the –

(a)            conditions determined by the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians and the Medicines Control Council;

(b)            provisions of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, 1965 (Act No. 101 of 1965); and

(c)            person practising the profession of optometry being in possession of a permit issued in terms of section 22A (12) of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, (Act No. 101 of 1965), to acquire, possess and use the specified Schedule 1, Schedule 2, Schedule 3 or Schedule 4 substances for diagnosis purposes.


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