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* Valery Dobrushin Arrested for Allegedly Giving Illegal Eye Exams and Prescriptions

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A man giving eye examinations and writing prescriptions from a San Jose office without a required license was arrested Wednesday and charged for administering hundreds of illegal eye exams, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Valery Dobrushin, 73, of San Francisco, was arrested after an investigation by the district attorney’s office and state Department of Consumer Affairs discovered he had given more than 300 eye exams to patients illegally between January 2009 and January 2012.

Dobrushin was charged with five felonies in connection to insurance fraud and two misdemeanors for allegedly prescribing eyeglasses and giving eye exams without a license, according to the district attorney’s office. Dobrushin allegedly caused more than $11,300 in losses to five health insurance carriers.  If convicted of all counts, Dobrushin faces a maximum of 11 years in county jail and would be ordered to pay full restitution.

Dobrushin, who formerly owned and operated Val’s Optical in San Jose is an optician, which under California law means he is limited to analyzing and interpreting eye prescriptions and determining what type of  lenses best meet a person’s needs.  Optometrists and ophthalmologists are the only licensed professionals who can examine eyes and write prescriptions, according to the district attorney’s office. As part of an undercover operation last year, an investigating officer who is near-sighted visited Dobrushin’s office where he was provided eyeglasses from a prescription from an illegal eye exam.

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