|(a) A licensed therapeutic optometrist must submit
a completed application on forms provided by the Texas Optometry Board
(Board) to be eligible for licensure as an optometric glaucoma specialist.
An optometric glaucoma specialist may:
(1) administer and prescribe appropriate medications
by topical or oral means for the purpose of diagnosing and treating
visual defects, abnormal conditions and diseases of the human vision
system, including the eye and adnexa, as set forth in §280.10
of this chapter; and
(2) treat glaucoma, as set forth in §351.3581
of the Texas Optometry Act and §280.10 of this chapter, including
the administration and prescribing of appropriate medications by topical,
oral or parenteral means.
(b) A completed application for license as an optometric
glaucoma specialist consists of a signed application form entirely
filled out by the applicant and forwarded to the Board along with
an application fee. Proof of the required successfully completed education,
examination and clinical assessment as set forth in §280.8 of
this chapter (relating to Required Education) must accompany the application
form. The Board may license the applicant as an optometric glaucoma
specialist provided the applicant submits a completed application
as defined in this rule, and provided that the applicant is currently
licensed and authorized to practice therapeutic optometry in this
(c) The license to practice as an optometric glaucoma
specialist must be displayed along with all licenses in a conspicuous
place in the principal office where the optometrist practices.
(d) Designation of authority as an optometric glaucoma
specialist will appear along with the optometrist's license number
in the format of the license numbers followed by the letter "T" and
"G." Such designation must appear whenever the license number is required
under Board statutes or Board rules.
(e) In the event the original certification is lost
or destroyed, the Board may issue a duplicate certificate; the person
entitled thereto must make written application to the Board for a
duplicate, under affidavit setting forth that such certificate was
lost or destroyed, and the circumstances under which loss or destruction
occurred. Should the original subsequently be found, it must be forwarded
immediately to the Board and not used by the person to whom issued
originally or by any other person. A fee must be submitted to the
Board along with the affidavit for the duplicate issue.