Florida Opticians & Contact LensEs
Florida Licensed Opticians may fill, fit, adapt, or dispense soft contact lenses, extended wear contact lenses, or hard contact lenses only to the extent authorized and under the supervision of the prescribing medical doctor or optometrist.
A Florida Board-Certified Optician, is a Florida licensed optician that may fill, fit, adapt, or dispense any soft contact lens prescription without the direct supervision of the prescribing doctor. A board-certified optician may fill, fit, adapt, or dispense any extended wear or hard contact lens prescription to the extent authorized to do so by the prescribing allopathic or osteopathic physician or optometrist.
How to Become A Board Certified Optician
To become a Board Certified Optician in Florida, complete the following requirements:
Proof of Board Certification
When the Board of Opticianry receives a board certification application and the optician meets the certification requirements, the board office adds a "board certified" qualification to their license in the Department of Health’s licensure database. In approximately 2-3 weeks, the optician receives a duplicate license through the U.S. mail that shows the following:
QUALIFICATION(S): BOARD CERTIFIED
The above is only printed on the display copy of the license. The wallet size copy of the license will not show this certification. It will also display on the license verification page of the Department of Health’s website.
To check licensure status for yourself or another Florida Optician, visit the Florida License Verification Web Page.
Maintaining Your Board Certification
To maintain your qualification of board-certified Optician, you must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of continuing education and contact lens theory and practice during each biennium.