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Alabama Licensure

Effective October 1, 1995 and thereafter, Alabama optometrists holding therapeutic licenses must obtain twenty (20) approved hours of continuing education annually. At least half of these hours must relate to diagnosis, treatment, and management of eye diseases.

Alabama optometrists not holding therapeutic licensure must obtain 14 hours of approved continuing education annually.

For all Alabama licensed optometrists, up to three (3) hours may be devoted to approved practice management courses. If more than twenty (20) approved hours are earned, up to six (6) hours may be carried forward to the next year.

All licensees are required to keep a personal record of courses attended including the dates of attendance, the name of the course, the name of the sponsor, and the clock hours attended.

Prescriptive Authority

In Alabama, optometrists are licensed to treat allergies, glaucoma, infections, and  inflammations with topical and oral medications. Optometrists are also licensed to prescribe oral medications for pain.

For more information, see the Alabama Board of Optometry.