Statute NRS 637.022

“Ophthalmic dispensing” defined.

1. “Ophthalmic dispensing” means the design, verification and delivery to the intended wearer of lenses, frames and other specially fabricated optical devices upon prescription.

2. The term includes:

(a) The taking of measurements to determine the size, shape and specifications of the lenses, frames or contact lenses;

(b) The preparation and delivery of work orders to laboratory technicians engaged in grinding lenses and fabricating eyewear;

(c) The verification of the quality of finished ophthalmic products;

(d) The adjustment of lenses or frames to the intended wearer’s face or eyes;

(e) The adjustment, replacement, repair and reproduction of previously prepared ophthalmic lenses, frames or other specially fabricated ophthalmic devices; and

(f) The fitting of contact lenses and the dispensing of prepackaged contact lenses pursuant to a written prescription, when done by a dispensing optician or apprentice dispensing optician who is authorized to do so pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

3. The term does not include any act for which a license is required pursuant to chapter 630 or 636 of NRS, and the provisions of this chapter do not authorize a dispensing optician or apprentice dispensing optician to perform any such act.

(Added to NRS by 1987, 601; A 2003, 2011)

Statute NRS 637.125 Employment and supervision of dispensing opticians, apprentice dispensing opticians and other assistants; regulations.

1. A person may not employ another person to perform the services of a dispensing optician unless the other person:

(a) Is licensed by the Board as a dispensing optician; or

(b) Is licensed by the Board as an apprentice dispensing optician and is directly supervised as required by the provisions of this chapter.

2. A licensed dispensing optician may not allow another person who is under his or her direct supervision to perform the services of a dispensing optician unless the other person is licensed by the Board as a dispensing optician or an apprentice dispensing optician.

3. If a person is licensed by the Board as an apprentice dispensing optician, a licensed dispensing optician, licensed ophthalmologist or licensed optometrist must:

(a) Directly supervise all work done by the apprentice dispensing optician.

(b) Be in attendance whenever the apprentice dispensing optician is engaged in ophthalmic dispensing.

(c) Post the license of the apprentice dispensing optician in a conspicuous place where the apprentice dispensing optician works.

4. A licensed dispensing optician may not have under his or her supervision more than two licensed apprentice dispensing opticians at any one time.

5. A licensed dispensing optician or a person who employs a licensed dispensing optician may employ other persons to assist in consulting on optical fashions, and a licensed dispensing optician may supervise such other persons. Such other persons:

(a) Are not required be licensed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

(b) May not perform the services of a dispensing optician.

6. The Board may adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of this section.

(Added to NRS by 1975, 548; A 1979, 1197; 1987, 605; 1989, 913; 2003, 2015)