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Welcome to the Texas Optometry Board Website



License renewals for licenses expiring 12/31/2021 are now open. If your license expires 12/31/2021, you can start the renewal process HERE.



If you were notified of needing fingerprinting results submitted this year, you can read the fingerprint instructions HERE.



The Texas Optometry Board strives to provide licensing, enforcement, and other regulatory services to the public in an honest, fair, thorough, cost-efficient, and timely manner. In order to assist the agency with improving its services. Please take a moment and respond to this brief survey – Click Here



The Texas Optometry Board has partnered with CE Broker for continuing education reporting, tracking, and auditing beginning in January 2022. Please also note, pursuant to new Board Rule 275.3, all licensees will be required to use CE Broker after January 1, 2022 for renewal compliance related to continuing education. TOB will be circulating additional information soon but for now, Click Here.


Case Review Consultants Needed

The Texas Optometry Board is seeking case review consultants to carry out duties set out in SB993 of the 87th Regular Legislative Session. Click on the application and follow the instructions.

Ophthalmologist Application

Optometrist Application


As of Monday, March 22, 2021, Optometrists may register to be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, Click Here.


Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34

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.



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. An optometrist may apply for a waiver from the electronic prescribing requirement by making a written request to the TOB and providing required information that demonstrates circumstances necessitating a waiver. Approved reasons for a waiver include economic hardship, technological limitations not reasonably within the control of the licensee and other exceptional circumstances.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Telehealth Information

Board Rule 279.16 Telehealth Services outlines telehealth requirements for all Texas licensed optometrists.

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

Licensing:  Licensinginfo@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.

Finding Information

Use the “Quicklinks” or the top pull-down menus to find the information you need.