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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.

Electronic Requests for License Verification

NOTE: This feature is for individuals who have registered with MY LICENSE and wish to pay the filing fee online with a credit card payment .

If you are not registered with MY LICENSE and would like information on how to register, please contact boardofoptometry@alaska.gov

  1. Submit Your Request
    • Send your Request for License Verification to: boardofoptometry@alaska.gov
    • Put the program along with your first and last name in the subject line.
    • The following information must be provided in the body of your email:
      • NAME: The name used when your professional license was last issued or renewed.
      • LICENSE NUMBER: Your professional license number.
      • SEND TO: Provide both the Board and/or Agency name along with a complete mailing address.
  2. Payment of Fees
    • You will be sent a notification email with a link to your license details page.
    • A “Make a Payment” link will be available within your license details page under “Actions”.
    • A $20 filing fee is required for each verification of license.
  3. Completed Request
    • You will be sent a notification email with a link to your license details page when the request is completed.
    • Please allow up to 10 business days for processing after submitting your payment.

If you prefer to submit a check or money order, you may mail in the Request License Verification form.

What does this legislation do?

  1. The legislation gives the board authority to adopt regulations for:
    • The prescription and use of pharmaceutical agents for the treatment of eye disease
    • Develop uniform standards for the practice of optometry
    • 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

PDMP Patient Handout Poster FAQs

PDMP Fee Notice

The division reviewed all public comments relating to the proposed fees for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Originally proposed at $50.00 for initial registration and renewal, the fee amounts have since been reassessed and reduced. Effective April 22, 2018 and required by 12 AAC 02.107, a $25.00 initial and $25.00 renewal registration fee will be required by all pharmacists who dispense and practitioners who prescribes, administers, or directly dispenses a schedule II – IV controlled substance before initial or continued access to the database is granted. Submission of PDMP registration fees will be integrated into the license renewal process; no PDMP fees are due from existing users prior to April 22, 2018. Please click here for PDMP fee FAQs and click here to review the regulation filing notification.

Proposed Regulations FAQs : Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Controlled Substance Prescription Database Registration Fees

PDMP Registration Requirements for Prescribers and Pharmacists

Comprehensive Guide to PDMP Requirements and Effective Dates

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Joint Committee on Prescriptive Guidelines Report to Alaska State Legislature

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Contact Information:

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