Objective and Function
The primary objective of the Delaware Board of Examiners in Optometry is to protect the public from unsafe practices and practices which tend to reduce competition or fix prices for services. The Board must also maintain standards of professional competence and service delivery. To meet these objectives, the Board
- develops standards for professional competency
- promulgates rules and regulations
- adjudicates complaints against professionals and, when necessary, imposes disciplinary sanctions.
The Board issues licenses to therapeutic optometrists and interns.
The Board's statutory authority is in 24 Del. C., Chapter 21.
The Board meets at least quarterly or at the request of a majority of the Board members. All meetings are open to the general public and are held in the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, in Dover.
To ensure that business (such as a license application) is on the agenda for the Board's consideration at its next meeting, submit all documentation to the Board office no later than 4:30 PM ten full working days before the meeting date.
NEW CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENT: Senate Bill 98, enacted on June 30, 2014, establishes a new requirement for State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks in this profession. The purpose of the requirement is to ensure that the backgrounds of Delaware healthcare practitioners are thoroughly screened.
The requirement applies to license applications filed on or after June 30, 2014. Application forms and instructions have been revised to reflect the new requirement. In addition, all current licensees whose fingerprints are not already on file with the Delaware Justice Information System must submit fingerprints to the Delaware State Bureau of Identification no later than January 1, 2016. The Division of Professional Regulation will notify current licensees of the procedure for complying with this new requirement.
Phone - Fax - Email
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904