Code of Ethics

 

It shall be the ideal, resolve, and duty of all optometrists:

TO KEEP their patients’ eye, vision, and general health paramount at all times;

 TO RESPECT the rights and dignity of patients regarding their health care decisions;

 TO ADVISE their patients whenever consultation with, or referral to another optometrist or other health professional is appropriate;

TO ENSURE confidentiality and privacy of patients’ protected health and other personal information;

 TO STRIVE to ensure that all persons have access to eye, vision, and general health care;

 TO ADVANCE their professional knowledge and proficiency to maintain and expand competence to benefit their patients;

 TO MAINTAIN their practices in accordance with professional health care standards;

 TO PROMOTE ethical and cordial relationships with all members of the health care community;

 TO RECOGNIZE their obligation to protect the health and welfare of society; and

 TO CONDUCT themselves as exemplary citizens and professionals with honesty, integrity, fairness, kindness and compassion

Adopted by the House of Delegates as:
Substantive Motion M-1944-1, June 1944; Modified June 2005; Repealed June 2007
Modified and Adopted as Resolution #1969, June 2007

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