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Oregon Board of Optometry

Serving Oregon's Citizens and the Optometric Community Since 1905

1500 Liberty Street SE, Suite 210
Salem OR 97302
Phone: (503)399-0662
Fax: (503)399-0705
email: cathy.boudreau@oregon.gov

The Mission of the Oregon Board of Optometry is to Protect the People of the
State of Oregon from the Dangers of Unqualified and Improper Practice of Optometry.

Welcome to the Oregon Board of Optometry's Home Page

The Oregon Board of Optometry is a state agency responsible for the licensure of doctors of optometry (optometrists/optometric physicians) and enforcement of the statutes and administrative rules governing the practice of optometry in Oregon. Listed below is information concerning the Board and its activities that may be of interest to you.


~ Important Updates and Information ~

The Board's Executive Director, Nancy DeSouza, has recently accepted a position with Oregon Travel Experience.
Her time with the Board has been valuable and her expertise has been greatly appreciated.
The Board wishes Ms. DeSouza success in her new position.

On March 26, 2015, the Board welcomes their new Executive Director, Shelley Sneed.
Ms. Sneed comes to the OBO with previous licensing board experience and an understanding and appreciation of the semi-independent model of administration.
The Board is looking forward to working with Ms. Sneed, to benefit our licensees and the public whom they serve.

While these changes are under way, the office staff is continuing to provide assistance to licensees, consumers, and other interested persons. Please contact the office with any questions or concerns.

Updates to Optometry Administrative Rules ~ OAR 852

The Oregon Board of Optometry adopted revisions to the administrative that became effective on January 1, 2015. This is an overview of the recent changes.

The text of the entire current version of OAR 852 can be downloaded here.

A compilation of the new Administrative Rules with the current Oregon Revised Statutes can be downloaded here.

Regular Meeting of the Board Scheduled ~

The next regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for July 24, 2015 in the first floor conference room at 1500 Liberty Street SE, Salem Oregon 97302.

The Notice and Agenda for this meeting will be available here, and will be sent to individuals who have asked to be placed on the Board's list of interested parties.


The Board’s address is 1500 Liberty Street SE, Suite 210, Salem, Oregon 97302.

Renewals must be postmarked by the due date, which is the first day of the licensee’s birth month.

Note: Postal regulations have changed, and postage is determined not only by weight, but also by the dimensions and thickness of the envelope. The Board cannot accept “Postage Due” mail, which will be returned to the sender. Please ensure you have used the correct postage to avoid a late fee.

Dispensing and Use of Contact Lenses Without a Valid Prescription ~ Oregon Revised Statute 683.180 - Prohibited acts and practices -
states: "A person may not: (9) Dispense or sell an ophthalmic contact lens without having obtained a valid, unexpired prescription from the person to whom the contact lens is dispensed or sold. As used in this subsection, "ophthalmic contact lens" means a contact lens with or without refractive power, including a plano lens or a cosmetic lens."

This video provides additional information about the dispensing and use of contacts without a valid prescription.

Protected Health Information Release Form for Patients
~ Federal and state laws govern the confidentiality of protected health information. As licensed doctors of optometry, you may need to share patient information with other health professionals. This link refers to Oregon Revised Statutes and provides a sample release form you may use with your patients.

BOARD MEMBERS SOUGHT ~ Members of the Oregon Board of Optometry are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The term of office of each member is three years. A member is eligible for reappointment. Candidates for member positions are currently being sought. If you have an interest in serving on the Oregon Board of Optometry please complete the Executive Appointment Interest Form or contact the Board's office. In selecting the members of the Board, the Governor shall strive to balance representation on the Board according to geographic areas of this state and by ethnic group.

Board of Optometry Information:
About the Board Revised Statutes and Administrative Rules
Information for Consumers and Optometrists about Complaints and the Investigation Process Proposed Administrative Rule Changes
Alphabetical Listing of Currently Licensed Optometric Physicians
   May be used for license verification Disciplinary Actions and Medical Malpractice Reports
Oregon Optometry Negligence/Malpractice Claim Report Form
   This form is to be used only by claim "reporters" as defined by ORS 742.400.
Information Requests Questions About Optometry
Board Meetings News and Newsletters From the Board
Minutes of Public Meetings Board Financial Information
Using and Prescribing Contact Lenses
   Information for consumers and eye health professionals.

Information for Licensees and Applicants for Licensure:
Continuing Education Reviewed by the Board
   (Course Review requirements)
Examination and Licensure Requirements
   The Law and Administrative Rules Exam is available online through the NBEO.
Continuing Education Requirements Applications and Forms in PDF Format
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse Reinstating or Reactivating a License
BLS Healthcare Provider CPR Certification
    Continuous and current BLS Healthcare Provider level CPR certification is a condition of licensure for all Active status optometric physicians. Any lapse in CPR certification will result in a late CPR renewal fee. This is an important requirement in protecting the health and safety of your patients. Approved CPR courses teach heathcare professionals to recognize life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, teach how to relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner, and instruct on proper use of AED's.

    As of January 2013, the Board no longer requires a hands-on component for CPR certification for renewing licenses (new applicants must still take a hands-on CPR course for initial licensure). So, if you are renewing your optmetry license, you may take a BLS Healthcare Provider-level CPR recertification course totally online, if that option is allowed by your class provider.

    Note: Although not required by the Board, know that some course providers do require a hands-on component to renew your certification, such as the American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider CPR Renewal Course - Part 1 only - Be aware before you sign up whether you are paying for and able to complete the hands-on component if it is required by the provider to complete the course and receive your renewal card.

Optometry Links:
ARBO (Association of Boards of Optometry) Home Page
COPE (Council on Optometric Practitioner Education) Home Page
NBEO (National Board of Examiners in Optometry) Home Page
NPDB-HIPDB (National Practitioner Data Bank and Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank)
    Physicians can perform a "self query" at this site.
OOPA (Oregon Optometric Physicians Association)
    If you have an interest in membership in the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association, which represents the professional interests of optometry in Oregon, you can obtain information by calling their office at (800)922-2045 or by visiting their website.

Links to On-Line Optometric Ethics and Oregon Optometry Law and Administrative Rules Courses that have been approved by the Board
Pacific University College of Optometry - "The Statutes and Administrative Rules of the Optometric Practice in Oregon" 1/1/2015.
Ketchum University (formerly Southern California College of Optometry) - Online Continuing Education- "Ethical Guidelines and Expected Conduct by Optometrists".
Audio-Digest.org - Using their search engine, enter the word: "Ethics", and filter the search by choosing "Ophthalmology". The approved courses on the resulting list are: "Ethical Challenges" (Vol. 50, Is.04). "Ethics/Skin Cancer" (Vol. 52, Is.04)
The Oregon Optometry Law and Administrative Rules Exam is available online through the NBEO. A passing score on this exam will satisfy the Oregon Optometry Law requirement.
Attend A Public Session Meeting of the Oregon Board Of Optometry - Join the Board for at least an hour of a scheduled Public Session meeting to satisfy the Oregon Optometry Law requirement. Please contact the office of the Board to verify the date of the next regular meeting.

Links to Related Organizations:
American Optometric Association
American Board of Optometry
Oregon Medical Board
DEA (United States Drug Enforcement Administration/Practitioner Registration)
U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION - Mandatory Reporting Form
       Report violations of dispensing products which require a prescription - such as contact lenses - at this site.)
Oregon DMV's Medically At-Risk Driver Program
Q & A About Oregon Requirements For Tinting of Windshields
       Refer to ORS 815.221 and 815.222 for statutory requirements for prescribing the tinting of automotive windshields.

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This page was last revised: MARCH 25, 2015

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