For Immediate Release - February 11, 2005

Weston Optometrist Agrees To License Probation

Weston Optometrist Agrees To License Probation

Dolores Kahan of Weston has entered into a consent agreement with the Board of Registration of Optometrists ("Board"), agreeing to a one-year probation of her optometry license for alleged violations of Board rules and regulations.

The Board contends that Kahan failed to provide notification that she'd ceased providing services at Bay State Eye Center in Andover between May and July 2004. Kahan is alleged to have retained business documents, including prescriptions and patient records at her home, resulting in customers' inability to access records or obtain refunds on deposits for previously ordered prescription eyewear or services. Kahan is also alleged to have provided optometry services at another business without submitting required Notice of Office location to the Board and failing to provide documentation showing completion of two of 18 hours of required continuing education credits.

During the probationary period, Kahan may practice as an optometrist but must complete six hours of continuing education in the field of optometry as well as the 18 hours of continuing education required for license renewal. Kahan will be eligible for full reinstatement of her license on January 26, 2006.

The Board of Registration of Optometry licenses over 1,400 optometrists throughout the Commonwealth. During fiscal year 2004, the Board resolved 13 complaints, resulting in one licensee consent agreement and the probation of a license.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.