Opticians Act, 1956

Prohibition on treatment, etc., by registered opticians.

48.—(1) A registered optician who is not a registered medical practitioner shall not, on or after the appointed day—

(a) treat any disease of the eye or prescribe or administer any drug or other medical preparation for that purpose,

(b) prescribe or administer any drug for the purpose of paralysing the accommodation of the eye, or

(c) suggest by any written or oral statement or by any action that he 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, he has done or is capable of doing anything which is other than—

(i) in the case of a registered ophthalmic optician, the prescribing or provision of spectacles, or

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

(2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) of this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding, in the case of a first offence, twenty pounds and, in the case of a second or any subsequent offence, one hundred pounds.

(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing a registered ophthalmic optician from providing, in accordance with rules, orthoptic treatment for any person on the written direction of a registered medical practitioner who has examined that person, or from suggesting that he has provided or is capable of providing as aforesaid.