Welcome to the Texas Optometry Board Website
As of Monday, March 22, 2021, Optometrists may register to be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, Click Here.
On March 2nd, 2021, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 relating to the opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster. The Order takes effect on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
The Board proposed new and/or changes to the following rules and they were posted for comment in the March 5, 2021:
22 TAC 273.16 Licensee Compliance With Board Investigations and Inspections.
22 TAC 275.2 Continuing Education.
No comments were received for either rule. The Board moved to adopt the new/revised rules at the May 7, 2021 meeting. Both rules were posted for adoption in the May 28, 2021 Texas Register. The new/revised rules will be effective June 17, 2021.
Proposed Rules as of May 28, 2021
Effective Jan. 1, 2021, House Bill 2174 (86th R) requires Texas prescribers to electronically prescribe all controlled substances (Schedules II-V) unless an exception applies or a waiver is granted.
It is recommended that optometrists follow Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OHSA Guidance, and state/local guidance/orders.
The Governor has authorized the temporarily suspension of Sections (a) – (g) of Board Rule 22 T.A.C. §279.16. The temporary suspension will allow a therapeutic optometrist with a preexisting practitioner-patient relationship to, within the scope of the therapeutic optometrist’s license, provide telehealth services to a patient at a different physical location than the therapeutic optometrist by using telecommunications or information technology. The therapeutic optometrist must obtain clinical information from the patient’s relevant medical records and clinically relevant photographic or video images, including diagnostic images; or from the patient’s relevant medical records and laboratory or pathology results. The telehealth service is subject to the standard of care that would apply to the provision of the same health care service or procedure in an in-person setting.
This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.
Live Continuing Education Requirements
The Board approves Live Webinars for live CE Credit. A live webinar allows interaction between the presenter and attendees. Courses are listed on the Board’s website with the location listed as “Live Webinar.” Note that live credit may only be obtained by attending the course on the dates listed. There may be COPE approved Live Webinars that are not listed but will be subsequently approved by the Board for live credit.
Optometry Board Staff Information
Staff works on a hybrid in-office/telecommute schedule.
Please use the following email addresses to contact the different Board departments by e-mail:
Executive Director: Kelly.Parker@tob.texas.gov
Continuing Education: CEinfo@tob.texas.gov
General Inquiries: Info@tob.texas.gov
Who is my optometrist?
He is a Doctor of Optometry licensed and educated to determine powers of vision and write contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions. She most likely is licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist and an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.
Your Therapeutic Optometrist treats eye disorders and disease, prescribes medication, and may provide pre and post-op care for laser surgery.
Your Optometric Glaucoma Specialist is a Therapeutic Optometrist licensed to treat glaucoma.
What is the Optometry Board?
The Texas Optometry Board is a state agency authorized by the Texas Optometry Act to regulate the practice of optometry. The Optometry Act requires the Board to carefully screen applicants for an optometry license, insure that optometrists are eligible to renew their license on an annual basis, set fees, and investigate complaints. The Board has adopted rules to explain and enforce state law.
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