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State Board Meetings - 2024

New York State Education Department  
1411 Broadway, 10th Floor 
Regents Room 
New York, NY 10018 

Rochester Regional OPD Office
85 Allen Street, Suite 120
Room 140
Rochester, NY 14608

  • Welcome
  • Approval of Minutes of September 11, 2023 Meeting 
  • Chairperson’s Report 
  • Executive Secretary’s Report
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Updates on NYS Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent Certification
    • Professional Practice Guideline- Optometrist Delegating procedures to unlicensed individuals.
    • Alternate Board Exam discussion
  • New Business:
    • Updates on Conditional Registration and Privileges tiles on the Optometry webpage
    • Update on memo sent to Pharmacists about the Orals certification privileges for optometrists 
    • Discussion on Drugs Fitting within Statute
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment
State Board Meetings - 2023

New York State Education Department
1411 Broadway, 10th Floor, Regents Room New York, NY 10018

 

  • Welcome
  • Approval of Minutes of May 22, 2023 Meeting
  • Chairperson’s Report
  • Executive Secretary’s Report
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Updates on NYS Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent Certification
    • Professional Practice Guideline- Optometrist Delegating procedures to unlicensed individuals.
    • Alternate Board Exam discussion
  • New Business:
    • Changes for Certifications for Diagnostic, Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents, and Orals
    • Conditional Registration and Privileges tiles on the Optometry webpage
    • Discussion on Drugs Fitting within Statute
    • Election of the Vice-Chair
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment

New York State Education Department         
1411 Broadway, 10th Floor             
Regents Room                     
New York, NY 10018                 

Rochester Regional OPD Office
85 Allen Street, Suite 120
Room 140
Rochester, NY 14608

  • Welcome
  • Approval of Minutes of February 6, 2023 Meeting
  • Chairperson’s Report
  • Executive Secretary’s Report
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Telehealth Guidelines update
    • Updates on NYS Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent Certification
    • Q & A development for the Website regarding Orals and CE requirement
  • New Business:
    • Professional Practice Guideline- Optometrist Delegating procedures to unlicensed individuals
    • Radiofrequency
    • Discussion on drugs fitting within statue
    • Alternate Board Exam
    • Election of the Vice-Chair
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment

New York State Education Department
1411 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018

  • Welcome
  • Optometry Board Member Group photo for SharePoint
  • Approval of Minutes of September 19. 2022 Meeting
  • Chairperson’s Report
  • Executive Secretary’s Report
  • OPD Presentation – Mr. Spillane
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Telehealth Guidelines update
    • Update on NYS 40-hour Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent Certification Course
  • New Business:
    • Drug Flow Charts- Rocklatan, Avenova, Oxervate, Autologous serum treatment for dry eye syndrome/ocular surface disease, Dextensa and Xiidra
    • Q & A development for the Website regarding Orals and CE requirements
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment
State Board Meetings - 2022

MMMM Room
New York State Education Department
Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10018

Monday, September 19, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


  • Welcome
  • Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  • Chairperson's Report
  • Executive Secretary's Report
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Telehealth Guidelines update
    • Optometrists and DOH Lab list
    • Update on NYS 40-hour Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent Certification Course
  • New Business:
    • Drug Flow Charts- Rocklatan, Avenova, Oxervate, Autologous serum treatment for dry eye syndrome/ocular surface disease, Dextensa and Xiidra
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment

  • Welcome
  • Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  • Chairperson's Report
  • Executive Secretary's Report
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Telehealth Guidelines update
    • Rhopressa update
    • Optometrists and DOH Lab list
    • VSP Global Eyes of Hope
    • Proposed NYS 40-hour Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent Certification Course
  • New Business:
    • Vuity (treatment of presbyopia)- Drug Flow Chart
    • Verkazia- Drug Flow Chart
    • Tyraya (treatment of dry eye, administered as a nasal spray)- Drug Flow Chart
    • Diversity Course for Licensure
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment

Meeting Link: https://meetnydirect.webex.com/meetnydirect/j.php?MTID=m45c6629734d5394c3ffe95232943ca48
Meeting number: 177 876 9399
Meeting password: NYSED
Join by phone: 1-518-549-0500 Local, Access Code: 177 876 9399

  • Welcome
  • Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  • Chairperson's Report
  • Executive Secretary's Report
  • Election of Board Chair
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Telehealth Guidelines update
    • Rhopressa update
    • Optometrists and DOH Lab list
    • VSP Global Eyes of Hope
  • New Business:
    • Proposed NYS 40-hour Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent Certification Course
    • Vuity (treatment of presbyopia)
    • Microline (treatment of presbyopia)
    • Tyraya (treatment of dry eye, administered as a nasal spray)
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment
State Board Meetings - 2021

WebEx Meeting

Meeting link:
https://meetnydirect.webex.com/meetnydirect/j.php?MTID=mcce83ad4b20a569472b5453ac693b0f4

Meeting number:
177 528 4983

Password:
NYSED

More ways to join

Join by phone
1-518-549-0500 Local
Access code: 177 528 4983

  • Welcome
  • Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  • Chairperson’s Report
  • Executive Secretary’s Report
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Telehealth Guidelines update
    • Rhopressa update
    • Optometrists and DOH Lab list
  • New Business:
    • ARBO Annual meeting June 19 & 20 – Dr. Risko
    • VSP Global Eyes of Hope
    • Election of Board Chair
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment

WebEx Meeting Information
Meeting link:
https://meetnydirect.webex.com/meetnydirect/j.php?MTID=m8536c6f53760f693623a8046f3dc5fb6

Meeting number: 133 083 7502

Password: NYSED

Join by phone
1-518-549-0500 Local
Access code: 133 083 7502

  • Welcome
  • Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  • Chairperson’s Report
  • Executive Secretary’s Report
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Draft Telehealth Guideline Topics
    • New Drug Flowchart
    • Update on individual authorized to instill eyedrops
  • New Business:
    • FTC Contact Lens Rule
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment

Meeting link: https://meetnydirect.webex.com/meetnydirect/j.php?MTID=m80e072fa8fee88661fb0a6f47f14256c
1-518-549-0500 Local
Access code: 177 156 0347

Monday, February 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


  • Welcome
  • Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  • Chairperson’s Report
  • Executive Secretary’s Report
  • OP’s Modernization Project Update - Heather Klusendorf
  • Legislative Update
  • Old Business
    • Draft Telehealth Guideline Topics
    • New Drug Categories Flowchart (ex. Oxervate) – Dr. Gabel & Rutner
  • New Business
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment
State Board Meetings - 2020

Because of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency and State and Federal bans on large meetings or gatherings and pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.1 issued on March 12, 2020 suspending the Open Meetings Law, the State Board for Optometry Board Meeting scheduled for June 3, 2020 will be held electronically via webinar instead of a public meeting open for the public to attend in person. Members of the public may or view the Board meeting by logging into the webinar at https://meetnydirect.webex.com/meetnydirect/j.php?MTID=mb585398aa0155a1b0dfe967bed6219f5

Monday, June 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.


  1. Welcome
  2. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  3. Chairperson’s Report
  4. Executive Secretary’s Report
  5. Legislative Update
  6. Old Business
    • Draft Telehealth Guidelines
    • Glaucoma Drug Categories
  7. New Business
  8. Future meeting date
  9. Executive Session
  10. Adjournment

MMM Room
New York State Education Department
1411 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, New York 12234

Friday January 10, 2020. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


  1. Welcome
  2. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  3. Chairperson’s Report
  4. Executive Secretary’s Report
  5. Legislative Update
  6. Old Business
    • Draft Telehealth Guidelines
    • Glaucoma Drug Categories
  7. New Business
    • New law for instillation of eye drops
    • Vision health event with VSP
  8. Future meeting date
  9. Executive Session
  10. Adjournment
State Board Meetings - 2019
  1. Welcome
  2. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  3. Chairperson’s Report
  4. Executive Secretary’s Report
  5. Update Optometric Sub-Specialties Task Force – Dr. David Heath
  6. Legislative Update
  7. Old Business
    • Unlicensed Practice
    • Draft Telehealth Guidelines
  8. New Business
  • Glaucoma Drug Categories
  • Future meeting date
  • Executive Session
  • Adjournment

Legal Library
New York State Education Department
1411 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, New York 12234

Friday May 31, 2019. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


  1. Welcome
  2. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  3. Chairperson’s Report
  4. Executive Secretary’s Report
  5. Legislative Update
  6. Old Business
    • School Vision Health Month Summary
    • Telehealth Guidelines
    • Optometry Education Evaluation
  7. New Business
    • Glaucoma Drug Categories
  8. Future meeting date
  9. Executive Session
  10. Adjournment
  1. Welcome
  2. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting - September 7, 2018
  3. Chairperson’s Report
  4. Executive Secretary’s Report
  5. Legislative Update
  6. Old Business
    • School Vision Health Month update
    • Telehealth guidelines for Optometry
    • Letter regarding unlicensed practice
    • Formal Complaints from the Board
  7. New Business
    • Optometry Education Evaluation
    • Audits
  8. Future meeting date
  9. Executive Session
  10. Adjournment

Tentative Meeting Dates