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An optometrist is a person who engages in the practice of optometry.

Optometry is defined as the employment of any optometric means, including topical ocular diagnostic pharmaceutical agents, to determine the visual efficiency of the human visual system, including refractive and functional abilities, or to diagnose the presence of ocular disease or ocular manifestations of systemic disease and other departures from normal; the diagnosis and treatment of the refractive and functional ability of the visual system and enhancement of visual performance by prescribing, furnishing, fitting or employing ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses, frames, aids or prosthetic materials, administering visual training, orthoptics, visual therapy or any other optometric means, prescribing or administering drugs for ocular therapeutic purposes or removing superficial foreign bodies from the eye or an appendage to the eye; examining into the fact, condition or cause of ocular health or disease, or treating or rendering advice regarding a condition or cause of ocular health or disease, by any optometric means or instrumentality; and applying principles or techniques of optometric sciences in the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of a condition or cause of ocular health or disease.

Except as provided under s. 449.02, Wis. Stats., no person may engage in the practice of optometry, unless such person holds a current optometry license and a valid certificate of registration issued by the Optometry Examining Board.

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Optometry Examining Board
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)261-7083 fax


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