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Sub. H. B. No. 258 As Enrolled
(130th General Assembly)
(Substitute House Bill Number 258)
To amend sections 4725.40 and 4725.51 and to enact
section 4725.411 of the Revised Code regarding
licensed spectacle dispensing opticians.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1. That sections 4725.40 and 4725.51 be amended and
section 4725.411 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as
Sec. 4725.40. As used in sections 4725.40 to 4725.59 of the
(A) "Optical aid" means both of the following:
(1) Spectacles or other instruments or devices that are not
contact lenses, if the spectacles or other instruments or devices
may aid or correct human vision and have been prescribed by a
physician or optometrist licensed by any state;
(2) Contact lenses, regardless of whether they address visual
function, if they are designed to fit over the cornea of the eye
or are otherwise designed for use in or on the eye or orbit.
All contact lenses shall be dispensed only in accordance with
a valid written prescription designated for contact lenses,
including the following:
(a) Zero-powered plano contact lenses;
(b) Cosmetic contact lenses;
(c) Performance-enhancing contact lenses;
(d) Any other contact devices determined by the Ohio optical
dispensers board to be contact lenses.
(B) "Optical dispensing" means interpreting but not altering
a prescription of a licensed physician or optometrist and
designing, adapting, fitting, or replacing the prescribed optical
aids, pursuant to such prescription, to or for the intended
wearer; duplicating lenses, other than contact lenses, accurately
as to power without a prescription; and duplicating
nonprescription eyewear and parts of eyewear. "Optical dispensing"
does not include selecting frames, transacting a sale,
transferring an optical aid to the wearer after an optician has
completed fitting it, or providing instruction in the general care
and use of an optical aid, including placement, removal, hygiene,
(C) "Licensed dispensing optician" means a person holding a
current, valid license issued under sections 4725.47 to 4725.51 of
the Revised Code that authorizes the person to engage in optical
dispensing. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to permit a
licensed dispensing optician to alter the specifications of a
(D) "Licensed spectacle dispensing optician" means a licensed
dispensing optician authorized to engage in both of the following:
(1) The dispensing of optical aids other than contact lenses;
(2) The dispensing of prepackaged soft contact lenses in
accordance with section 4725.411 of the Revised Code.
(E) "Licensed contact lens dispensing optician" means a
licensed dispensing optician authorized to engage only in the
dispensing of contact lenses.
(F) "Licensed spectacle-contact lens dispensing optician"
means a licensed dispensing optician authorized to engage in the
dispensing of any optical aid.
(G) "Apprentice" means any person dispensing optical aids
under the direct supervision of a licensed dispensing optician.
(H) "Prescription" means the written or verbal directions or
instructions as specified by a physician or optometrist licensed
by any state for preparing an optical aid for a patient.
(I) "Supervision" means the provision of direction and
control through personal inspection and evaluation of work.
(J) "Licensed ocularist" means a person holding a current,
valid license issued under sections 4725.48 to 4725.51 of the
Revised Code to engage in the practice of designing, fabricating,
and fitting artificial eyes or prostheses associated with the
appearance or function of the human eye.
Sec. 4725.411. Beginning January 1, 2016, a licensed
spectacle dispensing optician may dispense prepackaged soft
contact lenses if the only action necessary is to match the
description of the contact lenses that is on the packaging to a
Sec. 4725.51. (A) Each license issued under sections 4725.40
to 4725.59 of the Revised Code shall expire on the first day of
January in the year after it was issued. Each person holding a
valid, current license may apply to the Ohio optical dispensers
board for the extension of the license under the standard renewal
procedures of Chapter 4745. of the Revised Code. Each application
for renewal shall be accompanied by a renewal fee the board shall
establish by rule
and. In addition, the application shall contain
evidence that the applicant has completed a continuing education
program within the immediately preceding one-year period as
(1) Licensed spectacle dispensing opticians shall have
four hours both of study in spectacle dispensing the
following, approved by the board:
(a) Four hours of study in spectacle dispensing;
(b) Two hours of study in the form of contact lens dispensing
described in section 4725.411 of the Revised Code.
(2) Licensed contact lens dispensing opticians shall have
pursued eight hours of study in contact lens dispensing, approved
by the board.
(3) Licensed spectacle-contact lens dispensing opticians
shall have pursued
courses both of study under divisions (A)(1)
and (2) of this section the following, approved by the board:
(a) Four hours of study in spectacle dispensing;
(b) Eight hours of study in contact lens dispensing.
(4) Licensed ocularists shall have pursued courses of study
as prescribed by rule of the board.
(B) No person who fails to renew the person's license under
division (A) of this section shall be required to take a
qualifying examination under section 4725.48 of the Revised Code
as a condition of renewal, provided that the application for
renewal and proof of the requisite continuing education hours are
submitted within ninety days from the date the license expired and
the applicant pays the annual renewal fee and a penalty of
seventy-five dollars. The board may provide, by rule, for an
extension of the grace period for licensed dispensing opticians
who are serving in the armed forces of the United States or a
reserve component of the armed forces of the United States,
including the Ohio national guard or the national guard of any
other state and for waiver of the continuing education
requirements or the penalty in cases of hardship or illness.
(C) The board shall approve continuing education programs and
shall adopt rules as necessary for approving the programs.
Approved programs shall be scheduled, sponsored, and conducted in
accordance with the board's rules.
SECTION 2. That existing sections 4725.40 and 4725.51 of the
Revised Code are hereby repealed.