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 DELAWARE OPTOMETRY RULES: The Board of Examiners in Optometry has clarified and updated its Rules and Regulations. Key revisions that affect Delaware licensees include:

  • The amount of continuing education (CE) required to renew your license every two years increased from 24 to 30 hours. The prohibition of practice management CE was removed. Up to six of the 30 hours may be in the area of practice management. See Section 4.0 for complete details.
  • A new section replaces and updates the former ethics rules to more succinctly define unprofessional conduct and to remove outdated and subjective rules. See Section 6.0 for complete details.

If you have questions about the rule changes, contact the Board office at the phone or email below.

Phone - Fax - Email
(302) 744-4500
(302) 739-2711

Mailing address:
Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904