§ 54.1-3221

“Diagnostic pharmaceutical agents” defined; utilization; acquisition

A. Certified optometrists may administer diagnostic pharmaceutical agents only by topical application to the human eye. “Diagnostic pharmaceutical agents” shall be defined as Schedule VI controlled substances as set forth in the Drug Control Act (§ 54.1-3400 et seq.) that are used for the purpose of examining and determining abnormal or diseased conditions of the human eye or related structures.

B. Any optometrist who utilizes diagnostic pharmaceutical agents without being certified as required by this article shall be subject to the disciplinary sanctions provided in this chapter.

C. Licensed drug suppliers or pharmacists are authorized to supply optometrists with diagnostic pharmaceutical agents upon presentation of evidence of Board certification for administration of such drugs.


1983, c. 6, § 54-386.2; 1988, c. 765; 1992, c. 146; 2004, c. 744.


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