American Optometric Association, Code of Ethics

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Code of Ethics

It shall be ideal, resolve, and duty of all optometrists:

  • TO KEEP their patients’ eye, vision, and general health paramount at all times;
  • TO RESPECT the rights and dignity of patients regarding their health care decisions;
  • TO ADVISE their patients whenever consultation with, or referral to another optometrist or other health professional is appropriate;
  • TO ENSURE confidentiality and privacy of patients’ protected health and other personal information;
  • TO STRIVE to ensure that all persons have access to eye, vision, and general health care;
  • TO ADVANCE their professional knowledge and proficiency to maintain and expand competence to benefit their patients;
  • TO MAINTAIN their practices in accordance with professional health care standards;
  • TO PROMOTE ethical and cordial relationships with all members of the health care community;
  • TO RECOGNIZE their obligation to protect the health and welfare of society; and
  • TO CONDUCT themselves as exemplary citizens and professionals with honesty, integrity, fairness, kindness and compassion


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