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  • 2017 Professional Responsibility Course

  • CREDITS: 1 Credit Hour
  • COPE ID: # 51956-EJ

This course is a mandate of state law for license renewal in Texas. It is designed to keep Texas optometrists up to date on issues related to professional ethics and regulatory issues. The 2017 course covers prescribing requirements, medical records, CE issues, peer assistance program, new rules and fraud.


Course Objectives


1. Participants will be able to list the prescribing requirements for medications, eyeglasses and contact lenses.

2. Participants will be able to summarize rules pertaining to the release of medical records.

3. Participants will be able to identify CE guidelines and new board rules.

4. Participants will be able to discuss the peer assistance program.

5. Participants will be able to discuss fraud and abuse issues.


Joe DeLoach, O.D., FAAO

From: University of Houston College of Optometry




Joe DeLoach OD completed undergraduate training at Texas A&M University where he was designated an Academic Fellow in Biochemical Genetics. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1981. Dr. DeLoach currently serves as Clinical Director of the UEI BridgeBuilder Eye Clinic, an indigent care clinic in Dallas that serves as a primary training facility for UHCO externs and residents. Prior to joining the clinical staff at UHCO, Dr. DeLoach was Chief of Staff of Plano Eye Associates. He also served as Medical Director of the EyeCare and Surgery Center of North Texas for almost two decades. Dr. DeLoach is a Past President of the Texas Optometric Association where he was named Young Optometrist of the Year and Optometrist of the Year in addition to fourteen President’s Awards and the Distinguished Service Award. He served as Chairman of the Legal and Legislative Committee twice. UHCO awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award, William B. Pittman Award, and Educator of the Year Award. Dr. DeLoach also served on the Texas Optometry Board and received the Admiral of the Texas Navy for his service to the State. He lectures extensively on topics related to glaucoma and ocular disease management.