Department of Public Health


Optometrists measure the visual power of the human eye; prescribe and adapt lenses, prisms and contact lenses; and employ visual training or ocular exercise to aid, relieve or correct a person\’s vision. They diagnose and treat conditions of the human eye and adnexa.

Code Citation IC, Chapter 154; 645 IAC 180

Who Applies Optometry school graduates who wish to practice optometry in Iowa.

When To Apply After educational and examination requirements for licensure have been met.

Initial Requirements Graduation from an accredited school or college of optometry and pass all parts of the NBEO examination.

Duration Two years.

Processing Time 4 weeks after all required materials have been submitted. Online renewal in real time.

Fee Structure Initial license: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf Renewal: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf

Renewal Requirements http://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Optometry/Continuing-Education

Exam National Board of Examiners in Optometry examination.

Additional Information Optometry school graduates who wish to practice optometry in Iowa.

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Contact Information
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Lucas Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319