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Optometry is the diagnosis and treatment of disease, optical deficiencies and deformities, and visual and muscular irregularities as related to the human eye and adjacent tissue.

Optometrists are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system.

Licensing Requirements:

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as an optometrist in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

Licenses Issued and Active:

As of July 1, 2014, there were 3,361 currently registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Optometry Unit
Education Building, 2nd Floor
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 250
Fax: (518) 402-5354

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1041 - Optometrists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Optometric Association
Education Services
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Phone: (800) 365-2219

New York State Optometric Association, Inc
119 Washington Avenue, 2nd floor
Albany, New York 12210
Phone: (518) 449-7300


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/02/14.

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