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32-1696. Unlawful acts; grounds for disciplinary action; classification

A. It is unlawful to:

1. Obtain or attempt to obtain a license by fraud or misrepresentation or by knowingly taking advantage of a mistake of another person or agency.

2. Hire, procure or induce a person to act as a licensed dispensing optician if the person is not licensed to practice as a dispensing optician.

3. Give, pay or receive, or offer to give, pay or receive, directly or indirectly, any gift, premium, discount, rebate or remuneration to or from any physician or optometrist in return for the referral of patients or customers.

4. Engage in false or misleading representations by knowingly and with the intent to sell to the public real or personal property or services, or to induce the public to acquire an interest in real or personal property or services, make and publish an advertisement, either printed or by public proclamation, or otherwise, containing any false, fraudulent, deceptive or misleading representations in respect to such property or services or the manner of sale or distribution.

5. Provide any examination or treatment of the eye or advertise eye examinations without the disclaimer "by independent doctor of optometry", "by independent doctor of ophthalmology" or "by independent physician licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13 or 17, Arizona Revised Statutes".

6. Use any means to measure the refractive value of the human eye, except nonrefractive, nondiagnostic devices, such as a keratometer, ophthalmometer or other instrumentation that is required to fit a contact lens to an intended wearer.

7. Make use of any advertising statement of a character tending to indicate to the public superiority of any particular system or type of eyesight examination or treatment over that provided by other licensed ocular practitioners.

8. Fraudulently, dishonestly, illegally or unprofessionally conduct the practice of optical dispensing or engage in any conduct that would tend to do harm to the visual health of the public.

B. A person who violates this chapter or a board rule is subject to disciplinary action as prescribed in this article.

C. A person or licensee who violates subsection A, paragraph 1, 4, 5 or 8 is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. A person or licensee who violates subsection A, paragraph 2, 3, 6 or 7 is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.