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Board of Examiners in Optometry

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.

Due to multiple recent vacancies on staff and increased COVID-related workloads, we are currently unable to return calls and emails within our normal processing times. Our primary focus is on reviewing and issuing licenses. If you have applied for licensure, please check the MY LICENSE online portal for real-time updates on the progress of your application. Answers to most other questions can be located using the links on the right-hand side of the page. Thank you for your patience while we attend to these priorities, and we will respond to your inquiry within five business days.

Public Notice:

Notice of Adopted Changes to the Regulations of the Board of Examiners in Optometry

On April 28, 2021, the Board of Examiners in Optometry adopted regulation changes in Title 12, Chapter 48 of the Alaska Administrative Code. The regulations concern a variety of updates to the licensing and practice of optometry in this state. These include the inclusion of an electronic mail option for completion of the state optometry law exam, requirements for restricted license renewal, clarification on when a licensee may represent themselves as a “specialist,” the streamlining of contact lens prescription requirements within the practice of optometry as well as wording and terminology changes. The regulation changes were reviewed and approved by the Department of Law, signed and filed by the Lieutenant Governor (or designee) on July 8, 2021, and will go into effect on August 7, 2021. Please click HERE to see the filed version of the regulations. The new regulation changes will be printed in Register 239, October 2021 of the Alaska Administrative Code.

WARNING:
Callers Posing as Law Enforcement

The State of Alaska DCCED Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing is warning the public and professional licensees about criminals posing as Professional Board investigators or other law enforcement personnel as part of a scheme to defraud professional licensees. The licensees targeted in this scheme are those who hold a healthcare license and a DEA registration.

The criminals will call the victims (who in most cases are professional licensees in the State of Alaska), and advise them that their professional license is suspended because they are suspected of drug trafficking on the Texas-Mexico Border or some other location. They will further inform the licensee’s that they are the main suspect of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) drug trafficking investigation. The licensee’s professional license number and DEA registration number will be verified by the criminal asking the victim a series of questions. Impersonators will generally threaten the victim with arrest and to serve time in jail if they do not cooperate with the “investigation” and agree to pay a fine or bond.

The State of Alaska DCCED/CBPL Investigations unit will never call a member of the public or a licensee demanding money. Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a State of Alaska Professional Licensing Board Investigator or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the contact to the FBI, DEA, their local law enforcement agency or contact the Division Investigations Unit at 907-269-8124 or email investigations@alaska.gov.

COVID-19 Guidance:

Click to read the Board's COVID-19 Guidance 04/28/2021.

Click to read the Board's Continuing Education Clarification for 2021 04/28/2021.

Contact Information:

Phone: (907) 465-2541
Email: BoardOfOptometry@Alaska.Gov
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806