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Optometric Scope and Licensure Requirements by State

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Optometric scope and licensure refer to the legal boundaries and privileges granted to optometrists in their practice.

Scope of Practice

The scope of practice defines the range of services and procedures that optometrists are allowed to perform within their profession. It varies from state to state in the United States, as optometry is regulated at the state level. Optometrists can only perform procedures that fall within their authorized scope of practice, as determined by the State Board of Optometry.


Licensure is the process by which optometrists obtain legal permission to practice in a specific state. To practice optometry in a given state, optometrists must hold an active license issued or recognized by that state. Each state has its own licensing process, requirements, and standards.


Optometrists' scope of practice and licensure are essential aspects of their ability to provide eye care services while adhering to legal and professional guidelines.

Scope and Licensure

Choose a state / region below to see information about scope and licensure.

Last updated: May 2024

Created by Emma Kerr and Abbey Mayer, 2024 graduates of Michigan College of Optomery.

References from which this list was compiled.