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Present Duties

The Oregon Board of Optometry (OBO) protects the health, safety and welfare of the public by licensing optometric physicians and enforcing professional standards for the practice of optometry. The agency was founded in 1905 and investigates complaints and violations of statutes and rules governing the practice of optometry. The board’s disciplinary authority includes imposing civil penalties and the limitation, suspension or revocation of an optometrist’s license.

The OBO is a semi-independent, self-supporting agency that receives the majority of its revenue from application, licensing and renewal fees. The agency licenses more than 1,200 active and inactive Oregon optometrists. The OBO office is in Salem and has three staff members. The board is composed of four optometrists and one public member, who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve three-year terms.

Opticians are not licensed in Oregon, and are not under the regulatory authority of the OBO. Opticians are persons who dispense eyeglasses and contact lenses, filling the valid prescriptions written by optometrists and ophthalmologists.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1500 Liberty St. SE, Suite 210, Salem 97302
Telephone: 503-399-0662
Fax: 503-399-0705
General Email:
Contact: Shelley Sneed, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Shelley Sneed
Records Officer Email: Shelley Sneed
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 683
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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