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Code of Ethics



POA RESOLUTION NO. Fall 81-A-2

WHEREAS, the purposes of the POA are served by the establishment of a Code of Ethics for the Association, now therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the Code of Ethics of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association shall be: Members shall avoid selfishness in dealings with patients; and shall not suggest the purchase of services or materials unless the possible advantage of such acquisition to the patient is clearly evident.

Members shall conduct their practice so as to reflect credit upon the profession of optometry and fellow members in the Society. Members shall, in contact with lay persons, lend emphasis to the scientific aspects of optometric services.

Members, in seeking publicity, shall not utilize advertisements of a false or misleading nature.

Members shall charge fees as are consistent with services rendered.

Members shall regard the legitimate interests of fellow members and refrain from unwarranted criticism, but shall hold it their duty to condemn violations of justice to a patient, dereliction of scientific procedure, and general conduct inconsistent with a reasonable type of professional practice.

Any optometrist holding a position as a member of the State Board of Optometry or an official position in any optometric society shall consider it unethical to use such position for advertising or self-aggrandizement, and be it further
RESOLVED that in addition to the foregoing, the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct of the American Optometric Association shall constitute the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, Inc.


Adopted by

POA House of Delegates
November 1981
Hotel Hershey
Hershey, PA

Amended and reaffirmed by

POA House of Delegates
June 5, 1994
Westin William Penn
Pittsburgh, PA