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LICENSEE ALERTS!

 LICENSEE SCAM ALERT – 10/22/20

Please be aware that some licensed professionals have reported receiving calls requesting money or other information from individuals claiming to work for the professional licensing boards. Phone numbers have been hacked and therefore it looks like the calls are originating from state agencies. 

The Texas Optometry Board has received a report that at least one optometrist has received a fraudulent call. The caller referenced public licensure information along with the licensee’s NPI number. The caller also threatened to “suspend her license” if she did not comply. 

If you suspect any telephone call or correspondence from our agency is fraudulent, please notify us by emailing kelly.parker@tob.texas.gov

A caller from the TOB office will ALWAYS:

  • Identify as a TOB employee.
  • Be able to verify specific details on prior notices or historical account information.
  • Explain your licensing or renewal fees.

A caller from the TOB office will NEVER:

  • Threaten to bring in local police, FBI, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Pressure you to make a payment.
  • Ask for personal information not directly related to an agency transaction.
  • Ask for money outside of routine transactions made through Texas.gov or our secure vendors.
  • Ask for bank account information.

2021 Renewals will open on November 1, 2020.

Beginning with the license renewal for 2021, the license renewal period will be shifting to a two-year period. For the 2021 renewal, a group of one-half of the licensees will renew for two years, and the other group of one-half for one year. Licensees with an even license number will renew for two years. Licensees with a license number ending in an odd number will renew for one year.

All licenses who renew for 2021 will need 16 hours of CE regardless of whether renewing for one year or two years.

Every Optometrist with an active license MUST complete a one-hour Human Trafficking course to renew a license for 2021.

The Health and Human Services Commission determines the available course(s). At present, one on-line free course is available. Instructions: http://www.tob.texas.gov/files/PDFdocs/HumTrafIns.pdf

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

It is recommended that optometrists follow Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OHSA Guidance, and state/local guidance/orders.

Telehealth Information

The Governor has authorized the temporarily suspension of Sections (a) – (g) of Board Rule 22 T.A.C. §279.16. The temporary suspension will allow a therapeutic optometrist with a preexisting practitioner-patient relationship to, within the scope of the therapeutic optometrist’s license, provide telehealth services to a patient at a different physical location than the therapeutic optometrist by using telecommunications or information technology. The therapeutic optometrist must obtain clinical information from the patient’s relevant medical records and clinically relevant photographic or video images, including diagnostic images; or from the patient’s relevant medical records and laboratory or pathology results. The telehealth service is subject to the standard of care that would apply to the provision of the same health care service or procedure in an in-person setting.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

Live Continuing Education Requirements

The Board approves Live Webinars for live CE Credit. A live webinar allows interaction between the presenter and attendees. Courses are listed on the Board’s website with the location listed as “Live Webinar.” Note that live credit may only be obtained by attending the course on the dates listed. There may be COPE approved Live Webinars that are not listed but will be subsequently approved by the Board for live credit.

Optometry Board Staff Information

Effective October 12, 2020, staff will resume answering telephone inquiries. Staff is continuing to work remotely but the board office is staffed minimally daily.

Please use the following email addresses to contact the different Board departments by e-mail:

Executive Director:  Kelly.Parker@tob.texas.gov

Licensing:  Licensinginfo@tob.texas.gov

Continuing Education:  CEinfo@tob.texas.gov

General Inquiries:  Info@tob.texas.gov

 


Who is my optometrist?

He is a Doctor of Optometry licensed and educated to determine powers of vision and write contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions. She most likely is licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist and an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.

Your Therapeutic Optometrist treats eye disorders and disease, prescribes medication, and may provide pre and post-op care for laser surgery.

Your Optometric Glaucoma Specialist is a Therapeutic Optometrist licensed to treat glaucoma.

What is the Optometry Board?

The Texas Optometry Board is a state agency authorized by the Texas Optometry Act to regulate the practice of optometry. The Optometry Act requires the Board to carefully screen applicants for an optometry license, insure that optometrists are eligible to renew their license on an annual basis, set fees, and investigate complaints. The Board has adopted rules to explain and enforce state law.

Finding Information

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