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Department of Health Professions
Board of Optometry
Petition 163
Petition Information
Petition Title Informed consent prior to treatment
Date Filed 2/13/2012    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Dilis Lee 
Petitioner's Request

To amend regulations for standards of practice relating to the requirement of an optometrist for a patient to sign a contract agreement without informed consent about the procedures and examinations to be performed.

Agency's Plan


In accordance with Virginia law, the petition has been filed with the Register of Regulations and will be published on March 12, 2012. Comment on the petition may be sent by email, regular mail or posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at; comment will be requested until April 5, 2012.  Following receipt of all comments on the petition to amend regulations, the Board will decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language. This matter will be on the Board’s agenda for its next meeting scheduled for May 9, 2012.
Comment Period Ended 4/5/2012
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 5/22/2012
Agency Decision Summary


At its meeting on May 9, 2012, the Board voted to deny the petition because the requirements for informed consent in current regulations are sufficient to protect patients. An adequate eye examination conducted by an optometrist would include an examination for any medical conditions that might exist.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine J. Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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