37 Multiple Choice Questions for the California Optometry State Board Exam

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  1. Of the ocular conditions treatable by an optometrist in California, and worked in conjunction with an ophthalmologist, if a condition is getting worse, what must you do?
    1. Refer
    2. Consult
    3. Monitor
  2. Of the ocular conditions treatable by an optometrist in California, and worked in conjunction with an ophthalmologist, if a condition is reoccurring, what must you do?
    1. Refer
    2. Consult
    3. Monitor
  3. Of the ocular conditions treatable by an optometrist in California, and worked in conjunction with an ophthalmologist, if a condition is not improving, what must you do?
    1. Refer
    2. Consult
    3. Monitor
  4. Of the ocular conditions treatable by an optometrist in California, and worked in conjunction with an ophthalmologist, if a patient is still on medication, what must you do?
    1. Refer
    2. Consult
    3. Monitor
  5. When any condition is not resolving, will you need to refer, consult, or can either occur?
    1. Refer
    2. Consult
    3. Could be either
  6. When a condition is not resolving, sometimes an OD must consult and sometimes they must refer. If the condition is episcleritis or idiopathic iritis, do you refer or consult and when?
    1. Refer after 1 week
    2. Consult after 1 week
    3. Refer after 3 weeks
    4. Consult after 3 weeks
    5. Refer after 6 weeks
  7. When a condition is not resolving, sometimes an OD must consult and sometimes they must refer. If the condition is HSV, HZV (keratitis, conjunctivitis, dermatitis), do you refer or consult and when?
    1. Refer after 1 week
    2. Consult after 1 week
    3. Refer after 3 weeks
    4. Consult after 3 weeks
    5. Refer after 6 weeks
  8. When a condition is not resolving, sometimes an OD must consult and sometimes they must refer. If the condition is traumatic irits, do you refer or consult and when?
    1. Refer after 1 week
    2. Consult after 1 week
    3. Refer after 3 weeks
    4. Consult after 3 weeks
    5. Refer after 6 weeks
  9. Pain persisting after 3 days when a patient is on a class III oral narcotic requires an ophthalmologist’s involvement, in what way?
    1. Referral after 1 day
    2. Consultation after 1 day
    3. Referral after 3 days
    4. Consultation after 3 days

10. A central corneal ulcer that is not improving after 48 hours…

  1. Should be referred to an OMD
  2. Should be consulted with an OMD
  3. Referred to an OMD after 72 hrs not 48 hrs

11. Perceptal Cellulitis, Adnexal Infections, and Dacryoadenitis that are not improving require a referral to an OMD when?

  1. 12 hrs
  2. 24 hrs
  3. 48 hrs
  4. 72 hrs

12. One should consult to an OMD when a Traumatic Iritis that is worse after how long?

  1. 72 hours
  2. 48 hours
  3. 1 week
  4. 3 weeks

13. One should refer to an OMD when a Traumatic Iritis is not resolved after how long?

  1. 1 week
  2. 2 weeks
  3. 3 weeks
  4. 48 hours
  5. 72 hours

14. One should consult to an OMD when idiopathic iritis, episcleritis, inflammatory keratitis, or traumatic iritis is worse after how long?

  1. 48 hours
  2. 72 hours
  3. 1 week
  4. 3 weeks
  5. 6 weeks

15. One should consult with an OMD when idiopathic iritis or episcleritis, is not resolving after how long?

  1. 48 hours
  2. 72 hours
  3. 1 week
  4. 3 weeks
  5. 6 weeks

16. One should refer to an OMD when idiopathic iritis or episcleritis, is still on meds after how long?

  1. 48 hours
  2. 72 hours
  3. 1 week
  4. 3 weeks
  5. 6 weeks

17. One should refer to an OMD when ocular/dermatological manifestations of HSV or HZV are not improving after how long?

  1. 48 hours
  2. 72 hours
  3. 1 week
  4. 3 weeks
  5. 6 weeks

18. One should consult to an OMD when ocular/dermatological manifestations of HSV or HZV are worse after how long?

  1. 48 hours
  2. 72 hours
  3. 1 week
  4. 3 weeks
  5. 6 weeks

19. One should refer to an OMD when ocular/dermatological manifestations of HSV or HZV if not resolved after how long?

  1. 48 hours
  2. 72 hours
  3. 1 week
  4. 3 weeks
  5. 6 weeks

20. One should consult with an OMD if a episcleritis or inflammatory keratitis is reoccurring after how long?

  1. 1 week
  2. 3 weeks
  3. 6 weeks
  4. 1 year
  5. 2 years

21. One should refer or consult to an OMD if an idiopathic iritis is reoccurring after 1 year?

  1. Refer
  2. Consult

22. Sale or use of a professional degree not legally obtained results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

23. Making a false statement or impersonation during a licensing exam results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

24. Making or giving false information in connection with the application for license results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

25. Conspiring with unlicensed person to violate the optometric code, or allowing license to be used by this person or act as his/her agent or partner results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

26. Procuring a license by fraud, misrepresentation or mistake results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

27. Altering with fraudulent intent or using a fraudulently altered license, permit/certification or registration issued by the SBO results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

28. Accepting employment directly or indirectly by suspended or unlicensed optometrist, company or corporation results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

29. Practicing optometry with a unvalid, revoked or expired license results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

30. Employing directly or indirectly, any suspended or unlicensed OD to perform work requiring a license.

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

31. Permitting another person to use licensee’s license results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

32. Committing or soliciting an act punishable as a sexually related crime if the act is substantially related to the qualification, functions or duties of an optometrist results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense

33. Sexual abuse, misconduct, or relations with a patient, client, or customer results in a charge of a…

  1. Felony
  2. Misdemeanor
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Public Offense
  5. Subject to disciplinary actions

34. If a patient requests to inspect their health care records, how long do you have to grant this after receipt of request?

  1. 1 day
  2. 5 days
  3. 15 days
  4. 30 days

35. If a patient requests a copy their health care records, how long do you have to transfer the copies after receipt of request?

  1. 1 day
  2. 5 days
  3. 15 days
  4. 30 days

36. If a patient, patient’s representative or patients attorney or requests a copy their health care records for law purposes, how long do you have to transfer the copies after receipt of request?

  1. 1 day
  2. 5 days
  3. 15 days
  4. 30 days

37. If an OD chooses to make a “summary” of patient records instead of the full record, how long do you have to transfer the copies after receipt of request?

  1. 1 day
  2. 5 days
  3. 10 daysd
  4. 15 days
  5. 30 days
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About Matt Geller

Matthew Geller
Dr. Matt Geller is a technology entrepreneur with a track record of developing successful online platforms to solve problems in the healthcare space. Matt is an optometrist in San Diego and is the founder of OptometryStudents.com, NewGradOptometry.com and the co-founder of CovalentCareers.com!

18 comments

  1. ooooo. perfect timing!… I’m just studying for the exam now… Yes, no CA license yet, haha. Working under my NY license at the VA

    • Matthew Geller

      Enos!!!!! Geller here. I know a few people who failed the exam and they said these resources would have really helped otherwise. BTW – if you want to generate another study guide like this when you are studying, let me know and we can work something out. Take care.

  2. Nice Job Matt! Your two summary charts should help most test takers.
    As a recent OD who passed the Calif Law Exam, I can attest that definitely knowing the referral guidelines will greatly improve the candidate’s chances of passing the exam. I utilized the following links to quickly review the referral guidelines:
    1) http://www.cram.com/flashcards/ca-optometry-laws-2884597
    2) http://quizlet.com/21286231/optometry-ca-law-exam-flash-cards/
    One last piece of advice, I would give future test takers is to CAREFULLY read each of the questions. I know several of my classmates who failed the exam and had to wait 6 months to retake, ouch!
    Finally, congrats on launching your new website…definitely a great wealth of resources, keep up the great work!

    • Matthew Geller

      Hey! These are awesome resources! Great job with them! Can I add the links to my article so new grads can access them? Also, whats your name, or perhaps you have a practice that I can give you recognition to in the article? Thanks a bunch.

  3. Thanks for this summary, but what about the commercial relationship with opticians, what is the regulation?

    • Matthew Geller

      Hey Ree –

      Here is the official documentation from the California Law Book.

      §655. PROHIBITION OF BUSINESS
      ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN OPTOMETRISTS
      AND OPTICIANS OR PERSONS IN OPTICAL
      PRODUCT BUSINESS
      (a) No person licensed under Chapter 7 (commencing
      with Section 3000) of this division may have any
      membership, proprietary interest, coownership, landlordtenant
      relationship, or any profit-sharing arrangement in
      any form, directly or indirectly, with any person licensed
      under Chapter 5.5 (commencing with Section 2550) of
      this division.
      (b) No person licensed under Chapter 5.5 (commencing
      with Section 2550) of this division may have any
      membership, proprietary interest, coownership, landlordtenant
      relationship, or any profit sharing arrangement in
      any form directly or indirectly with any person licensed
      under Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 3000) of this
      division.
      (c) No person licensed under Chapter 7 (commencing
      with Section 3000) of this division may have any
      membership, proprietary interest, coownership, landlordtenant
      relationship, or any profit-sharing arrangement in
      any form, directly or indirectly, either by stock ownership,
      interlocking directors, trusteeship, mortgage, trust deed,
      or otherwise with any person who is engaged in the
      manufacture, sale, or distribution to physicians and
      surgeons, optometrists, or dispensing opticians of
      lenses, frames, optical supplies, optometric appliances or
      devices or kindred products.
      Any violation of this section constitutes a misdemeanor
      as to such person licensed under Chapter 7
      (commencing with Section 3000) of this division and as
      to any and all persons, whether or not so licensed under
      this division, who participate with such licensed person in
      a violation of any provision of this section.
      Added Stats 1969 ch 1333 § 1. Amended Stats 1979 ch 975 § 1,
      operative January 1, 1983.

      • S M

        it seems as if question 33, according to BPC 726, is unprofessional conduct?

        The commission of any act of sexual abuse,
        misconduct, or relations with a patient, client, or
        customer constitutes unprofessional conduct and
        grounds for disciplinary action for any person licensed
        under this division, under any initiative act referred to in
        this division and under Chapter 17

        Is this correct?

  4. Victoria Alexa

    Hey! I just wanted to double check, is the answer to question 25 supposed to be Misdemeanor (Section 125 in law book)?

    • Antonio Chirumbolo

      Hey Victoria, looks like you might be right.
      §125. MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES BY LICENSEES
      Any person, licensed under Division 1 (commencing
      with Section 100), Division 2 (commencing with Section
      500), or Division 3 (commencing with Section 5000) is
      guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to the disciplinary
      provisions of this code applicable to him or her, who
      conspires with a person not so licensed to violate any
      provision of this code, or who, with intent to aid or assist
      that person in violating those provisions does either of
      the following:
      (a) Allows his or her license to be used by that person.
      (b) Acts as his or her agent or partner.
      Added Stats 1949 ch 308 § 1. Amended Stats 1994 ch 1206 § 2
      (SB 1775

      I’ll go ahead and update that here, thank you for pointing that out!

  5. Victoria Alexa

    I was going through the questions again and I think #26 may be a felony instead of unprofessional conduct. In addition, I think #32 should be subject to disciplinary actions. Can you please verify if I’m right? Thank you!

    • Antonio Chirumbolo

      Hey Victoria, I checked the laws again, and I believe both are unprofessional conduct in regards to 26 and 32. I have put ***** around them.

      Unless there is an updated 2017 version floating around that I am not seeing? I’d be happy to check your resource as well!

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      §3110. UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
      The board may take action against any licensee who is
      charged with unprofessional conduct, and may deny an
      application for a license if the applicant has committed
      unprofessional conduct. In addition to other provisions of
      this article, unprofessional conduct includes, but is not
      limited to, the following:
      (a) Violating or attempting to violate, directly or indirectly
      assisting in or abetting the violation of, or conspiring to
      Business and Professions Code Revised 2015
      108
      violate any provision of this chapter or any of the rules
      and regulations adopted by the board pursuant to this
      chapter.
      (b) Gross negligence.
      (c) Repeated negligent acts. To be repeated, there must
      be two or more negligent acts or omissions.
      (d) Incompetence.
      (e) The commission of fraud, misrepresentation, or any
      act involving dishonesty or corruption, that is
      substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or
      duties of an optometrist.
      (f) Any action or conduct that would have warranted the
      denial of a license.
      (g) The use of advertising relating to optometry that
      violates Section 651 or 17500.
      (h) Denial of licensure, revocation, suspension,
      restriction, or any other disciplinary action against a
      health care professional license by another state or
      territory of the United States, by any other governmental
      agency, or by another California health care professional
      licensing board. A certified copy of the decision or
      judgment shall be conclusive evidence of that action.
      **********
      (i) Procuring his or her license by fraud,
      misrepresentation, or mistake.
      **********
      (j) Making or giving any false statement or information in
      connection with the application for issuance of a license.
      (k) Conviction of a felony or of any offense substantially
      related to the qualifications, functions, and duties of an
      optometrist, in which event the record of the conviction
      shall be conclusive evidence thereof.
      (l) Administering to himself or herself any controlled
      substance or using any of the dangerous drugs specified
      in Section 4022, or using alcoholic beverages to the
      extent, or in a manner, as to be dangerous or injurious to
      the person applying for a license or holding a license
      under this chapter, or to any other person, or to the
      public, or, to the extent that the use impairs the ability of
      the person applying for or holding a license to conduct
      with safety to the public the practice authorized by the
      license, or the conviction of a misdemeanor or felony
      involving the use, consumption, or self-administration of
      any of the substances referred to in this subdivision, or
      any combination thereof.
      ********
      (m) (1) Committing or soliciting an act punishable as a
      sexually related crime, if that act or solicitation is
      substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of an optometrist.
      ********
      (2) Committing any act of sexual abuse, misconduct, or
      relations with a patient. The commission of and
      conviction for any act of sexual abuse, sexual
      misconduct, or attempted sexual misconduct, whether or
      not with a patient, shall be considered a crime
      substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or
      duties of a licensee. This paragraph shall not apply to
      sexual contact between any person licensed under this
      chapter and his or her spouse or person in an equivalent
      domestic relationship when that licensee provides
      optometry treatment to his or her spouse or person in an
      equivalent domestic relationship.

      • Victoria Alexa

        Hey Antonio, thank you for replaying. I was just confused because under Article 4 Section 585 it says that procurement of a license not legally obtained is a felony. But then in section 3110, as you posted, it says that it is unprofessional conduct. So I was wondering if it would be considered both? And if it is considered both, then they would probably have to have an option where we can mark both as the answer. Unless one overrides the other. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!

        • Antonio Chirumbolo

          I don’t think it could be considered both. That is a really good question actually. I didn’t personally take the CA board so I don’t know if I can answer the question accurately.

          Unless there is other language to go along with Article 4 that makes it a felony?

        • Michelle Hoyt

          This might be too late but here is my understanding

          Lie on an application for license= unprofessional (sec 3110 j)
          Altering or “using” a fraudulent license= Unprofessional (sec 3110v)
          Displaying that same fraudulent license= misdemeanor (section 119a)
          Sec 582 (felony) is talking about taking boards NOT SBO licensing. cheating on NBEO is a felony

  6. Michelle Hoyt

    Question 31 is an Unprofessional conduct rule.
    3110u -(u) Permitting another person to use the licensee’s optometry license for any purpose.
    so if you (person A) let person B use person C’s license = unprofessional
    BUT
    If you (person A) let person B use your (person A) license = misdemeanor

  7. S M

    Hey! I’m a little confused on question 7,

    When a condition is not resolving, sometimes an OD must consult and sometimes they must refer. If the condition is HSV, HZV (keratitis, conjunctivitis, dermatitis), do you refer or consult and when?

    Refer after 3 weeks is marked as the answer, but in the book it states that if the patient is not improving and they have either of the keratitis you have to after after 7 days? Could you please clarify? Thanks!!

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