This is a voluntary program. A dispensing optician registration is not required to practice in the State of Texas.
Education and Experience required for registration:
- The applicant must have earned 5 classroom hours (single registration) or ten classroom hours (dual registration) within 3 years prior to the date of the application. The hours must be offered or approved by the American Board of Opticianry or the National Contact Lens Examiners.
- The applicant must also show proof of passing the prescribed examination(s); either the:
- American Board of Opticianry (ABO) examination, or its successor, for registered spectacle dispensing opticians (single registration);
- The National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) examination, or its successor, for registered contact lens dispensers (single registration);
- Or both, if applying for dual registration.
Are opticians required to be registered in Texas?
No. An optician who meets certain standards may choose to become a registered dispensing optician through the Opticians’ Registry Program of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Only registered opticians may use the title registered dispensing optician.
Any optician (registered or unregistered) who sells, delivers, or dispenses contact lenses in Texas must hold a contact lens dispensing permit issued by DSHS, unless exempt by law.
Since registration is voluntary, why would an optician choose to be registered?
Opticians choose to be registered dispensing opticians so the public can identify them as health care providers who meet standards in the dispensing of eyeglasses and contact lenses. The standards include passing a national certification examination and completing classroom training.
Since registered dispensing opticians are required to complete 10 contact hours of continuing education for each registration issued for a two-year term, the public will know that registered opticians are maintaining and upgrading their skills and knowledge in order to provide quality services and products.
Most opticians choose to be voluntarily regulated by the state of Texas in order to increase consumer confidence in their practice. When an optician is registered, consumers may report violations of the Opticians’ Registry Act or rules to DSHS through the complaint and investigation process.
Registered dispensing opticians regularly receive current information from DSHS concerning law and rule changes that may affect their practice.