Charges Dropped Against Optometrist but He Expects to Spend ‘Years Rebuilding’


He had faced four misdemeanor counts.

Charges against an Oregon optometrist who was accused of misusing the title “M.D.” have been dismissed.

Optometrist Paul J. Olsovsky had faced charges of practicing medicine without a license (three counts) along with a charge of unlawful use of a doctor title, KOIN-TV reports. The charges were misdemeanors.

But a judge dismissed two of the counts, and the district attorney’s office then said it could not go forward with the trial. As a result, the other charges were also dropped, according to KOIN.

Jesse Merrithew, lawyer for Olsovsky, said Olsovsky “is pleased to have this experience behind him but will likely spend years rebuilding the damage that the incident has done to his reputation.”

In an earlier story, KOIN quoted Merrithew saying: “In 2009, he earned a medical degree from an accredited medical school. That medical degree deepens his understanding of his patient’s eyesight issues and makes him a better optometrist.”

But the Oregon Board of Optometry was concerned that the “M.D.” designation in ads might make patients think Olsovsky is an ophthalmologist when he is not licensed for that specialty.

Read more at KOIN-TV