Mission Statement

To help protect the public health, safety and welfare through the licensure and regulation of the practice of optometry in Idaho.

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UPDATE:  On May 19, 2017, Executive Order 2017-06 – “Idaho Licensing Freedom Act” was signed, and comments are being accepted from interested persons in response to that Executive Order. Please click here for more information or to comment.

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The "practice of optometry" means to engage in or offer to engage in the profession of examining, testing, measuring, treating, correcting, developing, or improving the human visual apparatus. Practice also includes the use of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents and pharmaceutical agents for therapeutic use, for the measurement, improvement, or development of any or all functions of human vision or the assistance of the powers of range of human vision or the determination of the accommodative or refractive status of human vision or the scope of its functions in general. Optometry practice includes the removal of superficial foreign bodies and the diagnosis and treatment of superficial conditions of the eye and eyelid. The practice of optometry does not include the use of therapeutic lasers.

Optometrists are regulated in Idaho and are required to be licensed.

Please contact the Board if you have questions via phone at (208) 334-3233 or via E-mail at