Board of Examiners in Optometry

Changes to Optometry Statutes

On July 26, legislation was enacted that will change the Board of Optometry Statutes. Section 2 of the bill has a retroactive effective date of July 17, 2017, while the rest of the bill is effective on October 24, 2017. You can read the text of the bill here.

What does this legislation do?

  1. The legislation gives the board authority to adopt regulations for:
    1. The prescription and use of pharmaceutical agents for the treatment of eye disease
    2. Develop uniform standards for the practice of optometry
    3. Establish continuing education requirements for license renewal for the use and prescription of pharmaceutical agents and injection of non-topical therapeutic pharmaceutical agents

  2. Gives the board authority to publish advisory opinions regarding whether optometry practice procedures or policies comply with acceptable standards of practice of optometry
  3. Allows the board to adopt regulations defining services of optometry if the services are within the scope of the licensee’s education, training, and experience, including ophthalmic surgery
  4. Defines ophthalmic surgery
  5. Redefines "optometry"

Alaska's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

What Prescribers and Pharmacists Need to Know about the PDMP

Starting July 17, 2017:

  • Mandatory registration by all pharmacists who dispense a federally controlled substances II, III and IV and DEA registered prescribers licensed in the State of Alaska.
  • Practitioner must review PDMP information before dispensing, prescribing, or administering a federal schedule II or III controlled substance. The exception(s) are:
    • receiving treatment in an inpatient setting;
    • at the scene of an emergency or in an ambulance;
    • in an emergency room;
    • immediately before, during, or within the first 48 hours after surgery or a medical procedure;
    • in a hospice or nursing home that has an in house pharmacy;
    • a nonrefillable prescription of a controlled substance in a quantity intended to last for not more than three days.
  • Collection of all schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances dispensed in the state; schedule V controlled substances are no longer collected.
  • Delegate access is now allowed, but with limitations; a registered pharmacist or prescriber may allow access to the PDMP by an agent or employee, who is licensed or registered under AS 08, by creating a sub-account within the PDMP under their corresponding prescriber or pharmacist account. Sign up instructions for delegates are coming soon.
  • Unsolicited reports may be provided to both prescribers and pharmacists when a patient appears to be receiving multiple Schedule II-IV prescriptions from multiple pharmacies and multiple prescribers; the current threshold is set at 5 prescribers / 5 dispensers in a 3-month period.
  • Reporting frequency of controlled substances dispensed will change to weekly.

HB 159 was passed by the legislature in June. When signed by the governor, it will require documentation in the medical record of the indication for a new opioid prescriptions for a greater than a four-day supply. This law will become effective immediately upon the governor’s signature, so please check back here for further updates. You can read the text of the bill here.

PDMP Web Page:     Register   |   Sign In   |   Submit Data   |   Find Information

Joint Committee on Prescriptive Guidelines Report to Alaska State Legislature

Learn more about reducing addiction at:  Opioids.Alaska.Gov

Alaska Prescription Drug monitoring Program

Alaska Prescription Drug monitoring Program

Important Notice Regarding Telemedicine:

Following SB74, businesses engaged in the practice of telemedicine are required to register for placement on the Telemedicine Business Registry (TBR) through the Professional Licensing Section. Please click HERE to access the application and additional information regarding the registry. Please note that the application is for businesses rather than individual licensees to register; if you have any questions regarding scope of practice requirements or limitations regarding telemedicine, please contact the Board or program’s Occupational Licensing Examiner.

The Board of Examiners in Optometry is staffed by the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. The Board consists of four optometrists and one public member. Board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature.

The board adopts regulations to carry out laws governing the practice of optometry in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws. The Board meets once a year and offers a public comment period at each meeting. Meeting agendas and minutes are available from the licensing examiner and will be posted to this website once prepared.

The licensing process may take up to six weeks after all information is received.

Contact Information:

Patricia Lonergan, Licensing Examiner
Phone: (907) 465-1037
Fax: (907) 465-2974
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806