Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987. Removes provisions allowing for a limited one year optometry practice license for applicants in a residency program. Requires the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to audit applicants within 12 months of renewal of license to ensure compliance with continuing education requirements, unless other means are used to verify total compliance. Allows the use of testimonials in advertisements of optometric services. Allows licensees to use the words "hospital", "school", and "university" in connection with the place where optometry may be practiced or demonstrated if the licensee is employed by and practicing at a location that is licensed as a hospital or accredited as a school or university. Makes other changes.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the introduced bill with the following changes: Removes provisions requiring the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to, in certain circumstances, conduct an audit within 12 months of each renewal period to ensure compliance with all continuing education requirements. Removes provisions requiring prosecution for violations of continuing education requirements within 18 months.