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Dilation and driving the legal ramifications for optometrist's

1 May 1993


The legal ramifications of driving while dilated continue to provide a source of concern and controversy for the optometric profession. Although no legal action has been brought regarding this issue at this time, it is a Iikely possibility for the future. If an optometrist wishes to protect against this possibility they should warn the patient of likely visual impairment during dilation and that this may affect their ability to drive. This warning should be documented in the record.


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