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registered optometrist without a certificate of registration as a registered apprentice, issued by the Department of Registration and Education, pursuant to the provisions of “An Act in relation to the civil administration of the State government, and to repeal certain Acts therein named,” approved March 7, 1917, in force July 1, 1917. § 2. Any one or any combination of the following practices constitutes the practice of optometry: (a) The examination of the human eye, without the use of drugs, medicines or surgery, to ascertain the presence of defects or abnormal conditions which can be corrected by the use of lenses, prisms, or ocular exercises; (b) The employment of objective or subjective mechanical means to determine the accommodative or refractive states of the human eye or the range or power of vision of the human eye; (c) The prescription or adoption without the use of drugs, medicines or surgery, of lenses, prisms, or ocular exercises to correct defects or abnormal conditions of the human eye or to adjust the human eye to the conditions of a special occupation. No registered apprentice may independently practice optometry. A registered apprentice may, however, under the immediate personal supervision of a registered optomerist, assist a registered optometrist in the practice of optometry. § 3. The following persons, firms and corporations are exempt from the operation of this Act: (a) Persons authorized under the laws of this State to practice medicine and surgery; (b) Persons, firms and corporations who sell eye glasses or spectacles in a store, shop, or other permanently established place of business on prescription from persons authorized under the laws of this State to practice either optometry or medicine and surgery; (c) Persons, firms and corporations who manufacture or deal in eye glasses or spectacles in a store, shop or other permanently established place of buisness and who neither practice, nor attempt to practice optometry. § 4. A person is qualified to receive a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist: (a) Who is at least 21 years of age; (b) Who is of good moral character and temperate habits; (c) Who has graduated from high school or secondary school approved by the Department of Registration and Education, or who has completed an equivalent course of study, as determined by an examination conducted by the Department of Registration and Education; (d) Who has either studied optometry for two years as a registered apprentice under an optometrist registered under the laws of this State, or has graduated from a school of optometry approved by the Department of Registration and Education. No school of optometry shall be approved by the Department of Registration and Education unless it has * minimum requirement of a course of study of one thousand hours, distributed over one school year of eight months duration. Time spent in the study of optometry under an optometrist registered or licensed under the laws of another state or territory of the United States or of a foreign country or province, pursuant to the provisions of section 11 of this Act, shall, however, be credited upon the period of study required by the provisions of this paragraph; • (e) Who has passed a satisfactory examination conducted by the Department of Registration and Education to determine his fitness to receive a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist. A person is qualified to receive a certificate as a registered apprentice: (a) Who is at least 18 years of age; (b) Who is of good moral character and temperate habits; (c) Who has graduated from a high school or secondary school approved by the Department of Registration and Education, or who has completed an equivalent course of study, as determined by an examination conducted by the Department of Registration and Education; (d) Who has entered upon the study of optometry under an optometrist registered under the laws of this State. Any person who, upon the first day of July, 1919, is a student in a school of optometry, or is studying optometry under a practicing optometrist, is exempt from the provisions of this section relating to a high school or secondary school education and is also exempt from the provisions of this section relating to the minimum requirements of a school of optometry approved by the Department of Registration and Education. § 5. Every person who desires to obtain a certificate of registration shall apply therefor to the Department of Registration and Education, in writing, on blanks prepared and furnished by the Department of Registration and Education. Each application shall contain proof of the particular qualifications required of the applicant, shall be verified by the applicant under oath, and shall be accompanied by the required fee. § 6. The Department of Registration and Education shall hold examinations of applicants for certificates of registration as registered optometrists at such times and places as it may determine. The examination of applicants for certificates of registration as registered optometrists may include both practical demonstrations and written and oral tests, and shall embrace the subjects normally taught in schools of optometry approved by the Department of Registration and Education. § 7. Whenever the provisions of this Act have been complied with, the Department of Registration and Education shall issue a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist, or a certificate of registration as a registered apprentice, as the case may be. Any resident of this State who, prior to the first day of October, 1919, applies to the Department of Registration and Education and proves either: (a) that for one year immediately preceding the first day of July, 1919, he was continuously engaged, at an established place of business in this State, in the practice of optometry; or (b) that he had, prior to the first day of July, 1919, graduated from a school of optometry shall be granted, without examination, upon payment of the required fee, a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist. Any person who, prior to the first day of October, 1919, applies to the Department of Registration and Education and proves that immediately prior to the date of his application he was studying optometry under an optometrist in this State, shall be granted a certificate of registration as a registered apprentice, and shall be credited with the time thus spent in the study of optometry. Service in the military or naval forces of the United States since the 6th day of April, 1917, shall not disqualify any person from receiving the benefits of the provisions of this section if that person, prior to the date of the beginning of his service in the military or naval forces of the United States was practicing optometry at an established place of business in this State, had graduated from a school of optometry, or was studying optometry under an optometrist in this State. $ 8. Every holder of a certificate of registration shall display it in a conspicuous place in his principal office, place of business or employment. Whenever a registered optometrist practices optometry outside of or away from his principal office, place of business or employment, he shall deliver to each patient in his care a certificate of identification. This certificate shall contain his signature, the number and date of his certificate of registration, the post office address of his principal office, place of business or employment, and the date upon which the certificate of identification is delivered to the patient. § 9. Every registered optometrist and every registered apprentice who continues in active practice or service, shall, annually, on or before the first day of April, renew his certificate of registration and pay the required renewal fee. Every certificate of registration which has not been renewed during the month of April in any year shall expire on the first day of May in that year. A registered optometrist or a registered apprentice whose certificate of registration has expired may have his certificate of registration restored only upon payment of the required restoration fee. Any registered optometrist who retires from the practice of optometry for not more than five (5) years may renew his certificate of registration upon payment of all lapsed renewal fees. § 10. The Department of Registration and Education may either refuse to issue, or may refuse to renew, or may suspend, or may revoke any certificate of registration for any one, or any combination, of the following causes: (a) Conviction of a felony, as shown by a certified copy of the record of the court of conviction; (b) The obtaining of or an attempt to obtain, a certificate of registration, or practice in the profession, or money, or any other thing of value, by fraudulent misrepresentation; (c) Gross malpractice; (d) Continued practice by a person knowingly having an infectious or contagious disease;

(e) Advertising by means of knowingly false or deceptive statements; (f) Advertising, practicing or attempting to practice under a name other than one’s own; g) Habitual drunkenness, or habitual addiction to the use of morphine, cocaine or other habit-forming drugs. The Department of Registration and Education may neither refuse to issue, nor refuse to renew, nor suspend, nor revoke, any certificate of registration, however, for any of these causes, unless the person accused has been given at least 20 days’ notice in writing of the charge against him and a public hearing by the Department of Registration and Education. Upon the hearing of any such proceeding, the Director of Registration and Education, the Assistant Director of Registration and Education and the Superintendent of Registration may administer oaths and the Department of Registration and Education may procure, by its subpoena, the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant books and papers. Any Circuit Court or any judge of a Circuit Court, either in term time or in vacation, upon application either of the accused or of the Department of Registration and Education, may, by order duly entered, require the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant books and papers before the Department of Registration and Education in any hearing relating to the refusal, suspension or revocation of certificates of registration. Upon refusal or neglect to obey the order of the court or judge, the court or judge may compel, by proceedings for contempt of court, obedience of its or his order. § 11. Upon payment of the required fee, an applicant who is an optometrist, registered or licensed under the laws of another state or territory of the United States or of a foreign country or province, may, without examination, be granted a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist by the Department of Registration and Education, in its discretion, upon the folowing conditions: (a) That the applicant is at least twenty-one years of age, of good moral character and temperate habits; and (b) That the requirements for the registration or licensing of optometrists in the particular state territory, country or province, were, at the date of the license, substantially equal to the requirements then in force in this State. The Department of Registration and Education shall prescribe reasonable rules and regulations governing the recognition of and the credit to be given to the study of optometry under an optomerist registered or licensed under the laws of another state or territory of the United States or of a foreign country or province, by an applicant for a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist. § 12. The fee to be paid by an applicant for an examination to determine his fitness to receive a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist is ten dollars ($10). The fee to be paid by an applicant for a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist is five dollars ($5).

The fee to be paid by an applicant for a certificate of registration as a registered apprentice is one dollar ($1). The fee to be paid by an applicant for an examination to determine his preliminary education is five dollars ($5). The fee to be paid by an applicant for a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist, who applies therefor, pursuant to the provisions of section 7 of this Act, prior to the first day of October, 1919, is five dollars ($5). The fee to be paid by an applicant for a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist who is an optometrist registered or licensed under the laws of another state or teritory of the United States, or a foreign country or province is fifteen dollars ($15). The fee to be paid upon the renewal of a certificate of registration is one dollar ($1). The fee to be paid for the restoration of an expired certificate of registration as a registered optometrist is five dollars ($5). The fee to be paid for the restoration of an expired certificate of registration as a registered apprentice is two dollars ($2). § 13. The Department of Registration and Education may adopt reasonable rules and regulations relating to the enforcement of the provisions of this Act. § 14. Each of the following constitute a misdemeanor, punish* upon conviction, by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than 200.00: (a) The practice of optometry or an attempt to practice optometry, without a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist; (b) Service as an apprentice under a registered optometrist or an attempt to serve as an apprentice under a registered optometrist, without a certificate of registration as an apprentice; (c) Permitting any person in one’s employ, supervision or control, to practice optometry, unless that person has a certificate of registration as a registered optometrist; (d) Permitting any person in one's employ, supervision or control, to serve as an apprentice under a registered optometrist unless that person has a certificate of registration as a registered apprentice; (e) The obtaining of, or an attempt to obtain, a certificate of registration, or practice in the profession, or money, or any other thing of value, by fraudulent misrepresentation; (f) The making of any wilfully false oath or affirmation whenever an oath or affirmation is required by this Act; (g) The violation of the provisions of section 8 of this Act. All fines and penalties shall inure to the Department of Registration and Education. § 15. The Department of Registration and Education shall keep a record, which shall be open to public inspection at all reasonable times, of its proceedings relating to the issuance, refusal, renewal, suspension and revocation of certificates of registration. This record shall, also, Contain the name, known place of business and residence, and the date and number of the certificate of registration of every registered optometrist and registered apprentice in this State.

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