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Professional Regulation

Board of Examiners in Optometry

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  to consider 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.


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CHANGES IN LICENSE LAW: Senate Bill 143, enacted 8/2016, clarifies optometric and prescriptive practices and procedures that Delaware-licensed Therapeutic and Diagnostic Optometrists are permitted to perform. The major changes involve which medications you can prescribe (24 Del. C. § 2101) and a new duty to report (24 Del. C. §2123). If you have questions, 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

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