Maine State Board of Optometry

ATTENTION - IMPORTANT UPDATE:  

Given the COVID-19 health emergency, social distancing and other precautions in compliance with Maine CDC recommendations, we are restricting access to the Gardiner Annex of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to employees and contractors. For the safety of the public and our staff, we are requesting that all parties use our online, email or telephone services to transact business, make inquiries or file complaints. During this time, we intend to continue to deliver high quality services to regulated entities and to the general public while focusing on delivering those services remotely.

In response to the rapidly changing health crisis, OPOR has decided for the safety of the public, our licensees and our staff to cancel all scheduled board meetings through April 30.

Please see Governor Mills' Executive Order Regarding The Expiration of Optometric Lens Prescriptions Executive Order (PDF)

Contact 211 Maine for answers to frequently asked questions on COVID-19:

Mission Statement: To protect the public against unqualified, incompetent and unethical practitioners through licensure, establishment of practice standards, complete investigation and, when warranted, imposition of professional discipline.

The Maine State Board of Optometry was established to protect the public through the regulation of the practice of optometry in the State of Maine so as to maintain high professional standards. The primary responsibilities of the Board are to examine and license qualified applicants to practice the profession of optometry and to hold the title of Optometrist in the State of Maine, upon payment of specified fees; to renew all licenses annually upon payment of a specified fee and presentation of evidence that the applicant has attended an educational program approved by the Board; and to revoke, refuse or suspend any license for violation of the laws relating to optometry.

The Board investigates all complaints and cases of non-compliance with optometrists laws, rules and regulations, conducts hearings, and brings all such cases to the notice of the proper prosecuting officer. It also enforces standards established by law and makes such other reasonable rules and regulations, consistent with the law, as the Board deems necessary.