Tennessee Rule Is a Game Changer for Optometrists

If they operate in a retail store, there must be a wall.

A new rule approved by the Tennessee Board of Optometry is requiring optometrists that operate within larger retail stores to physically separate their offices from retailers or other commercial establishments by early next year, reports the Tennessean. “Under the new rule, optometrists can continue to lease space from retailers or commercial establishments, but there must be a permanent physical separation, such as a wall, between the optometry office and the retailer. The optometrist’s office must have an entrance for patients that opens directly onto a public street, lobby, corridor or other public thoroughfare.”

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