2006 Code of Virginia § 54.1-3202 - Exemptions

54.1-3202. Exemptions.

This chapter shall not apply to:

1. Physicians licensed to practice medicine by the Board of Medicine or toprohibit the sale of nonprescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Contactlenses shall not be sold as merchandise from a retail business other than oneoperated by a physician, an optometrist or an optician; or

2. Any optometrist rendering free health care to an underserved population inVirginia who (i) does not regularly practice optometry in Virginia, (ii)holds a current valid license or certificate to practice optometry in anotherstate, territory, district or possession of the United States, (iii)volunteers to provide free health care in an underserved area of thisCommonwealth under the auspices of a publicly supported all volunteer,nonprofit organization with no paid employees that sponsors the provision ofhealth care to populations of underserved people throughout the world, (iv)files a copy of his license or certification in such other jurisdiction withthe Board, (v) notifies the Board at least fifteen days prior to thevoluntary provision of services of the dates and location of such service,and (vi) acknowledges, in writing, that such licensure exemption shall onlybe valid, in compliance with the Board's regulations, during the limitedperiod that such free health care is made available through the volunteer,nonprofit organization on the dates and at the location filed with the Board.The Board may deny the right to practice in Virginia to any optometrist whoselicense or certificate has been previously suspended or revoked, who has beenconvicted of a felony or who is otherwise found to be in violation ofapplicable laws or regulations.

(Code 1950, 54-369; 1988, c. 765; 2002, c. 740.)

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