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RULE §280.9Application for Licensure as Optometric Glaucoma Specialist

(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 state.

(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.

Source Note: The provisions of this §280.9 adopted to be effective August 3, 2000, 25 TexReg 7175; amended to be effective May 22, 2023, 48 TexReg 2574

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