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Practice Directive Recommending Oral Supplements and Dietary Changes for Patients Experiencing Dry Eye

Opticians must not suggest or recommend that patients either take over the counter oral supplements or make dietary changes to alleviate the condition known as Dry Eye.

Opticians may only provide information regarding the possible benefits of taking over the counter oral supplements or making dietary changes. If an Optician provides such information to a patient, they must also instruct that patient to consult with their personal physician before taking any over the counter oral supplement or making dietary changes.

If an optician feels that a patient who is experiencing dry eye may benefit from taking over the counter oral supplements or making dietary changes to alleviate the condition, the optician must:

  • Only provide the patient with information about the possible benefits of taking over the counter oral supplements or making dietary changes. Opticians must not suggest or recommend that they do so
  • As part of the information provided, instruct the patient to consult with their personal physician before taking any over the counter oral supplement or making dietary changes
  • Make a detailed notation of the conversation in the patients file in the dispensary, including details of the information relayed to the patient and whether the patient was instructed to consult with their personal physician

Rationale

Suggesting to patients that they do so may:

  • Be in contravention of current legislation regulating health care in Manitoba
  • Contravene the anticipated health care legislation
  • Not be covered by the optician’s professional liability insurance in the event there is a claim made against the optician
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