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Review of Optometric Laws and Regulations for the State of Oregon

Gregory Kautz, OD

College of Optometry, Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116

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The Oregon Board of Optometry requires a course that reviews the Oregon laws as it relates to Optometry or an ethics course every other year when a licensee applies for renewal. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the review of Oregon law requirement. The course is an adaptation of the wording from Oregon law. It is not meant to replace the actual wording in the law. If one needs to reference the actual language, the source of the information is given in parentheses. One might say this is the Good News interpretation of Greek and Hebrew scriptures.

Review and Approval

The material in the course has been reviewed and approved by the Oregon Board during April 2006, but laws and regulations are subject to change. If an optometrist practicing in Oregon has a question of significant consequence regarding laws and regulations, it is recommended that the Oregon Board of Optometry Web site ( be consulted for the most recent versions of the laws and regulations.

Change in Designation for Optometrists

A recent change to the Administrative Rules was made by the Oregon Board of Optometry. “On April 1, 2006, all optometrists who have been certified to use, administers and prescribe from the nontopical formulary and have received the “AT” designation following their license number will be issued new licenses with the designation “ATI” following the license number. Effective with year 2009, license renewal, beginning January 1, 2009, all active status licensees practicing optometry in Oregon shall have obtained certification to use “topical and nontopical therapeutic pharmaceutical agents” as a condition of license renewal (AT license).” (OBO Update, April 2006, Vol 7, No 1)

Course Perspective

The goal of this course is to offer a pragmatic approach to the law and the responsibilities we all share and the requirements to comply with Oregon laws, statutes and administrative rules. This course will limit itself to these specific laws. There are other statutes that govern treatment of optometrists in other venues, but not treatment by optometrists. An example is the insurance statutes that define non-discrimination against professions that have overlap in treatment privileges.