25. Subject to the rights and privileges expressly granted by law to other professionals, no person shall do an act described in section 16 unless he is an optometrist.
The first paragraph does not apply to acts done by a person belonging to a class of persons contemplated in a regulation adopted pursuant to subparagraph a of the first paragraph of section 10, provided he does them under the conditions prescribed in the regulation.
In addition, the first paragraph does not apply to acts done by a person in accordance with the provisions of a regulation adopted pursuant to paragraph h of section 94 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26).
Nothing in this section shall prevent a person who, on 1 July 1974, was a member in good standing of the Association des orthoptistes du Québec from exercising orthoptics under the supervision of a physician or optometrist.
Nothing in this section shall prevent:
(a) a retailer who, before 1 December 1971, operated an optical department whose administration was entrusted to an optometrist, as long as such retailer continues to operate such optical department by entrusting its administration to an optometrist or a dispensing optician acting upon the prescription of a physician or optometrist;
(b) a person who, before 1 December 1971, did such acts in a local municipal territory in which or within a radius of 40 km of which there was no optometrist or dispensing optician, as long as there is no optometrist or dispensing optician in that territory or within a radius of 40 km of that territory;
(c) a natural person who, before 1 April 1961, was engaged in the occupation of fitting contact lenses and who fits such lenses under the supervision of a physician or optometrist,
from selling, supplying, adjusting or replacing an ophthalmic lens.
1973, c. 52, s. 25; 1974, c. 65, s. 89; 1984, c. 47, s. 213; 1994, c. 40, s. 421; 1996, c. 2, s. 747; 1999, c. 40, s. 200.