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Present Duties

Created in 1905, the Oregon Board of Optometry (OBO) protects the health, safety and welfare of the public by determining the requirements for Oregon licensure, establishing rules and enforcing professional standards for the practice of optometry. The board investigates alleged violations and complaints against licensees and takes disciplinary action for violations of statues and rules, including issuing civil penalties, and has the authority to revoke, suspend or impose probation on a licensee or limit his or her practice. The OBO has authority over only the practice of optometry; opticians are not licensed or regulated by the board.

The OBO is a semi-independent, self-supporting agency that receives the majority of its revenue from application, licensing and renewal fees. The board currently licenses more than 1,200 optometrists. The five members of the Board of Optometry are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve three-year terms and include four optometrists and one public member.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1500 Liberty St NE Suite 210, Salem 97302
Telephone: 503-399-0662 ext. 23
Fax: 503-399-0705
General E-mail: Nancy DeSouza
Contact: Nancy DeSouza, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail: Nancy DeSouza
Records Officer E-mail:Nancy DeSouza
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 683
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog