Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Optometry
Regulations of the Virginia Board of Optometry [18 VAC 105 ‑ 20]
Changes to continuing education
Action 4404
[Withdrawn 7/19/2016]
General Information
Action Summary The goal of the planned regulatory action is to require continuing education that improves the knowledge and skills of optometrists in managing patient care and their practices. The proposed action would: 1) allow optometrists to carry-over up to 50% of the hours (8) earned in excess of the 16 hours required for annual renewal to the next renewal year; 2) require that at least 50% of the hours (8) be taken in live or real-time interactive courses; 3) allow one hour per year of practice management; 4) require TPA-certified optometrists to have 50% of their hours (8) in coursework relating to ocular and general pharmacology, diagnostics and therapeutics or advanced clinical procedures; and 5) allow passage of the Continued Professional Development Examination in Optometry (CPDO) count for a portion of the annual CE requirement.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004466]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7281 NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 07/19/2016 after the comment period had ended.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Leslie L. Knachel  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)597-4130    FAX: (804)793-9145    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.