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The Oregon Board of Optometry receives many questions concerning eye health care and the role of the three "o's", optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians.
The academic credentials of students entering a college of optometry are the same as other health professions.
Optometrists generally complete a four year bachelors degree and a minimum of another four years of optometry college curriculum, earning a doctorate of optometry.
National Board examinations and an Oregon jurisprudence examination must be successfully taken in order to be eligible for licensure as an optometrist in Oregon.
Oregon administrative rules require that optometrists complete a minimum of 18 hours of continuing optometric education every year. Of those 18 hours, nine (9) must relate to the treatment and management of ocular disease.
Each licensee must also complete a minimum of one (1) hour in optometric ethics or Oregon Optometry Law and Administrative Rules.
The ethics or law course must be completed at least every other year.
License renewal is based upon the fulfillment of these requirements.
The minimum therapeutic certification requirement for Active-status licensed optometric physicians is "AT" - or advanced therapeutic certification.
Optometrists who have "AT" certification are qualified to prescribe topical and oral, or nontopical, pharmaceutical agents to treat conditions relating to the eye and eye health.
The designation "ATI" appears with the license numbers of those doctors who have qualified to use, prescribe and administer topical and non-topical pharmaceutical agents both orally and by injection.
The injection endorsement is not required for licensure in Oregon.
Optometrists are required to perform certain testing procedures to assure that the eyes are free from disease or other disorder and are properly functioning visually. These tests include visual acuity, muscle function, testing for glaucoma, and any other procedures the optometrist determines necessary to assess the condition of the eyes.
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