1110 Department of Consumer Affairs, Boards
Program Descriptions


The State Board of Optometry is mandated to protect the public from the unauthorized and unqualified practice of optometry and from unprofessional conduct by persons licensed to practice optometry through its licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions. The Board also regulates opticians, spectacle lens dispensers, and contact lens dispensers.

Pursuant to Chapter 405, Statutes of 2015 (AB 684, Alejo), the regulation of opticians, spectacle lens dispensers and contact lens dispensers was transferred from the Medical Board of California to the California State Board of Optometry effective January, 2016. For display simplicity, the Governor's Budget reflects the move effective July 1, 2016.