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THE PROFESSION OF OPTOMETRY AND DISPENSING OPTICIANRY.
The Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria (ODORBN) is the body statutorily empowered by an Act of Parliament (cap 09 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, formerly known as Decree No. 34 of December, 1989) to regulate the practice of the professions of Optometry and dispensing Opticianry In Nigeria. It is therefore the primary duty of the Board to determine the quality of training (in both professions) to guarantee sufficient knowledge and skill for practice. The Board must also ensure that practitioners conduct themselves in a way and manner that would command respect and confidence from members of the public.
The Board has therefore considered it necessary to spell out rules and regulations which are meant to ensure good conduct amongst practitioners in carrying out professional duties to their patients. Every Optometrist and Dispensing Optician in Nigeria should have full knowledge of the contents of his document to guide them in their daily professional duties as it is commonly said that “ignorance of the law is no excuse”.
The Board believes that this code of conduct will enhance the image of both professions, increase the degree of public confidence in the practitioners and offer adequate protection for those who practice within the purview of the enabling law. It is also expected that this document will promote collateral relationship amongst practitioners as a unifying force against quacks. This code of conduct will reviewed periodically as the prevailing circumstances may demand.
2. THE PROFESSION OF OPTOMETRY
On completion of training in any of the approved universities (usually six (06) years for UME/UTME students and five (05) years for ‘Direct Entry ‘students), the optometrist will be issued with a provisional license after swearing to an oath of professional practice administered by the Board Registrar during an induction ceremony. Thereafter he/she proceeds on a mandatory twelve (12) calendar months internship in a Board accredited optometry clinic (public or private).
On successful completion of internship, the optometrist proceeds on a one (01) year National Youth Service (N.Y.S.C) where applicable. It is after the successful completion of N.Y.S.C that the Optometrist is granted full license to practice Optometry in Nigeria.
3. THE SCOPE OF PRACTICE
These are explicitly stated in part VI, Section 29 of the Act, viz:
(a) Eye examination to determine refractive errors and other departures from the optimally healthy and visually efficient eye.
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