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An optometrist examines eyes to determine visual efficiency and performance, diseases, or other abnormalities by means of instrumentation and observation, and prescribes corrective lenses. Optometrists certified in the use of therapeutic drugs may also use and prescribe drugs for the treatment of ocular diseases.

Licensing Requirements:

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as an optometrist in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

Licenses Issued and Active:

As of January 1, 2012, there were 3,182 currently registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Education Building, 2nd Floor
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 210

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1041 - Optometrists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Optometric Association
Education Services
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Phone: (800) 365-2219

New York State Optometric Association, Inc.
119 Washington Avenue, 2nd floor
Albany, New York 12210
Phone: (518) 449-7300


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/6/12.

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