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Optometry Scope of Practice in the United States

updated 2/10/15

What is the optometry scope of practice in your state?

As a new graduate optometrist, it is important to know the limitations of the optometry scope of practice in each state.

You spend 4 years of your life dedicated to eye care, so why not practice to the fullest extent? Many new graduates will realize that their state does not allow them to practice full scope optometry. You must get involved with your state association and work hard to bring your state’s scope of practice to the next level.

To communicate this, Quy Nguyen O.D. and Matt Geller O.D. developed an infographic showing the optometry scope of practice in each state, to easily compare the scope in each state and the progress optometry has made!

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  1. Where did you get all this information from?

  2. This is a super helpful article! I remember trying to dig up some of this information on my own in 2011 or 2012 before optometry school but just gave up because it was too hard to sort through. This article actually helped me decide which state I want to get licensed in! I’m military, so have some flexibility. I’ll check for any changes since the last update, but this certainly makes it much easier. Thanks for posting.

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