OPTOMETRY LAWS OF OKLAHOMAOptometrists are included in the Professional Corporation Act. See statute books for provisions.
18 O.S. 801-819
36 O.S. 6051 Free Choice of Practitioner and Profession - Equal Reimbursement.
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Notwithstanding any provision of any individual or group policy, contract, plan or agreement of accident and/or health insurance or any provisions of a policy, contract, plan or agreement for hospital or medical service or indemnity, whenever such policy, contract, play or agreement provides for reimbursement for any visual or optometric service which is within the lawful scope of practice of a duly licensed optometrist, the person entitled to benefits, or person performing services, under such policy, contract, plan or agreement shall be entitled to reimbursement on an equal basis for such service, whether the said service is performed by a physician licensed under 59 O.S. 1961, Sections 481 through 518, inclusive, or by an optometrist licensed under 59 O.D. 1961, Sections 581 through 606, inclusive. Optometric services shall include eye and/or visual examination or a correction of any vision or muscular anomaly and the supplying of ophthalmic materials, including contact lenses and subnormal vision aids. Unless such policy, contract, plan or agreement shall otherwise provide, there shall be no reimbursement for ophthalmic materials, lenses, contact lenses, spectacles, eyeglasses, and/or appurtenances thereto.
56 O.S. 199. Visual or Optometric Services - Free Choice of Practitioner and Profession.
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Whenever visual or optometric services within the lawful scope of practice of a duly licensed optometrist are included in any program financed with public funds or administered by any public agency, for aid to the indigent, the aged, the legally blind, or any other group or class, the recipient of such aid or his parent or guardian shall be entitled to choose whether such services are to be performed by a duly licensed optometrist or by a duly licensed physician who shall be equally compensated. Visual or optometric services as used herein shall include eye and/or visual examination or a correction of any vision or muscular anomaly and the supplying of ophthalmic materials, including contact lenses and subnormal vision aids. And in the expenditure of public funds for any purpose involving the care of human vision, or in the administration of any public program, the public agency and its employees including school disctricts and other state, county and municiple agencies or any subdivision of the State of Oklahoma and its employees and agents responsible for such expenditures or services shall not, under any circumstances, in informing a person requiring vision care, or for a correction of any vision or muscular anomaly, either directly or indirectly refer such person to any particular health discipline, but shall merely advise such person the need exists for professional services.