Optometry is the diagnosis and treatment of disease, optical deficiencies and deformities, and visual and muscular irregularities as related to the human eye and adjacent tissue.
Optometrists are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system.
Any use of the title "optometrist" within New York State requires licensure.
To be licensed as an optometrist in New York State you must:
To satisfy the education requirement for licensure as an optometrist, you must present evidence of completing A, B and C below.
To meet the examination requirement for licensure, you must pass Parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examination. Contact the NBEO for eligibility requirements, fees, and other examination information at:
National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO)
200 S. College Street, #1920
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-332-9565 or toll free 800-969-EXAM (3926)
Alternatively, if you passed Parts I and II of the NBEO examination and the Northeast Regional Clinical Optometric Assessment Testing Service (NERCOATS) examination, you meet the examination requirement for licensure.
If you are seeking certification in the use of Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPAs), you must pass the NBEO's Treatment and Management of Ocular Diseases (TMOD) examination.
All score reports must be sent directly by the testing agency to the Office of the Professions. Student copies will not be accepted.
The fee for licensure and first registration is $377.
The fee for certification in the administration of topical diagnostic pharmaceuticals is $60.
As of July 1, 2014, there were 3,361 currently registered licenses for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 140 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 3,422 currently registered licenses for this occupation.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Education Building, 2nd Floor
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 250
Fax: (518) 402-5354
29-1041 - Optometrists
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American Optometric Association
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Phone: (800) 365-2219
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 12/19/16.
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