Fake Optometrist Arrested by NBI

NBI arrests ‘fake optometrist’

FAKE OPTOMETRIST – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Wednesday, Oct. 12, that a “fake optometrist” was apprehended during an entrapment operation in Iriga City.

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Optometrists, formerly known as opticians, are trained to examine the eyes for vision defects, signs of injury, ocular diseases or abnormalities, and general health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

They perform a health assessment, provide clinical advice, prescribe spectacles or contact lenses, and refer patients for additional treatment as needed.

Aside from optometrist, there are also other careers related to eye health care such as dispensing opticians or those who recommend, fit, and supply spectacle frames and lenses based on each patient’s lifestyle and occupational requirements.

Meanwhile, a fake optometrist was arrested by NBI.

According to the NBI, Josephine B. Nazarrea was arrested last September 29 by NBI agents based in Naga City (NBI-Naga).

“NBI received a complaint from the Integrated Philippine Association of Optometrists, Inc. (IPAO-Camarines Sur) regarding the alleged illegal practice of Optometry they monitored in N. Balang Sagara Optical Clinic at the New Iriga City Public Market,” it said.

Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) certified that “Lorenzo Nazarrea, Josephine Balang Nazarrea, Nancy Balang Sagara, and Hilda Balang do not appear on their database of registered licensed Optometrist.”

As a result, an entrapment operation was conducted which resulted in Nazarrea’s arrest.

According to the Iriga City Prosecutors Office, Nazarrea was charged with violating Republic Act No. 8050 or the Revised Optometry Law following her arrest,

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