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Charges dropped against Oregon optometrist Paul Olsovsky

Charges against Dr. Paul Olsovsky saying that he practiced medicine without a license have been dismissed. This happened just before his trial was slated to begin. Olsovsky practices optometry has his own practice in Portland and also sees patients at the Eugene West 11th Avenue Walmart vision center. He had faced multiple charged when he added “M.D.” in his website and business sign.
He has a medical degree from Ross University (Dominica, West Indies) has no license from the Oregon Medical Board. The judge ruled that punishing a person when they spoke truthfully would violate the Oregon constitution, according to Jesse Merrithew, Olsovsky’s attorney. The court itself dismissed 2 of the 4 charges laid against him and the state decided not to pursue the other two.
Olsovsky was arrested in Eugene in April after the sign in Portland was found to bear “M.D.” next to his name. He had also undergone an investigation by the state Board of Optometry in 201o when he used the word doctor in front of his name. Five years after this incident, he again added the title to his name.
The Oregon Board of Optometry says that only an ophthalmologist can have the M.D. title after being licensed by the Oregon Medical Board. An optometrist cannot do the same. The crux of the problem was the argument about whether he could sell himself as a doctor without actually having a medical license.
Merrithew said that his client was relieved that the whole experience was over and that he will have to spend the next few years rebuilding the damage it has caused to his reputation. He believes strongly that his medical training makes him a good optometrist. No charges were filed against Olsovsky in Lane County.
Eugene Walmart store does not employ Olsovsky anymore, and it isn’t clear whether the “M.D.” was taken down in his advertising. This report was put up on 17th September 2016.
22nd April 2016: There’s a difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist. An ophthalmologist treats issues with the eye – treating and diagnosing diseases, performing eye surgeries if necessary and prescribing medications. An optometrist addresses issues with vision – for example, prescribing glasses to correct patients’ sight. But those are not the only differences between the two professions. If recent allegations made against him are true, then another difference may prove costly for an optometrist from Eugene. All the difference is in two little letters: “M.D.”
Paul Olsovsky works as a licensed optometrist at the Walmart store at the vision center, on West 11th Avenue, West Eugene. Besides his, he also has a practice in Portland. Right now, he is facing multiple felony charges because he practiced medicine without a license to do so, by allegedly adding the letters “M.D.” after his name on his website and business sign. The letters signify that a person is a doctor of medicine.
An advertisement in Portland’s Hollywood Star News in April last year for Paul J. Olsovsky, O.D., M.D. stated that Dr. Olsovsky had been practicing optometry for the past 20 years and that he was accepting new patients in the Hollywood district into his practice. It also said that Dr. Olsovsky was certified to manage and diagnose ocular disease and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, and that he was also certified in systematic ocular therapy.
The designation of M.D. would apply to an ophthalmologist, who would have a license through the Oregon Medical Board. According to the Oregon Board of Optometry, it would not apply to an optometrist or O.D. When the Oregon Medical Board’s license verification was searched, no results were found for Olsovsky. However, the Board of Optometry shows that he is active in its registry.
On Thursday evening, Olsovsky shared a statement in which he said that there was absolutely no basis whatsoever in fact to the charges against him. He said that people got optometry and ophthalmology unfortunately confused all the time, and that this might be one of those cases. He was arrested on Thursday at 2:40 a.m. by Eugene police who had a warrant issued for him in Multnomah County on Monday. Jail records indicate that he was out on bail in three hours.
Olsovsky was investigated by the Oregon Medical Board, according to court records. He was sanctioned in 2010 b the Board of Optometry to use the title of doctor in his advertising. He was found to be using M.D. five years later on a sign hanging in front of his office in Portland as well as on his website. It was only after this that the District Attorney’s Office of Multnomah County got involved. This is what led to the recent arrest warrant.
Even though he was arrested in Lane County, no charges have been filed locally. It is still unclear whether Olsovsky performed any duties of ophthalmologist on patients.

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