Opticians (Amendment) Act 2003

Amendment of section 48 of Principal Act.

12.—Section 48 of the Principal Act is amended by—

(a) substituting the following for subsection (1):

“(1) A registered optician who is not a registered medical practitioner shall not suggest by any written or oral statement or by any action that the registered optician has made or is capable of making a medical diagnosis of a disease of the eye or that, in relation to the treatment of the eyes, the registered optician has done or is capable of doing anything other than—

 (a) in the case of a registered optometrist, the prescribing or provision of spectacles, or

 (b) in the case of a registered dispensing optician, the provision of spectacles.”,


(b) inserting the following subsection:

“(4) Where in the course of an eye examination, a registered optician referred to in subsection (1) suspects the presence of a disease or condition of the eye, the registered optician shall inform the patient of this and recommend that the patient consult with a registered medical practitioner.”.