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Evaluation and comparison of rules and regulations of state boards of optometry concerning services necessary for a complete examination

1 December 2002


Each state Board of Optometry was contacted in an investigation of recommendations and requirements for comprehensive vision examinations. This was carried out as an update and completion of a survey begun in 1997 by John R. Harringtion and Jonathon C. Thomas with Scott C. Cooper, O.D., M.Ed. advising. A variety of information was received. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia replied by letter or e-mail. Six of those states included a referral to an Internet web page in their reply. The remaining nine states' Internet web pages were reviewed for information. The results were compiled in a table. No specifications were found relating to minimum requirements in an optometric examination for twenty-four states and the District of Columbia. Twenty-six states did have a range of various recommendations or requirements.


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