The Georgia State Board of Dispensing Opticians
is a six-member board appointed by the Governor to protect, promote and
preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The
Board is composed of five licensed, practicing dispensing opticians and one
consumer member. The Board reviews applications, administers examinations,
licenses qualified applicants and regulates the practice of the licensees
throughout the state. Complaints are investigated and, if warranted,
disciplinary action may be taken by the Board. Board meetings are held
approximately four times each year at the Secretary of State’s office in
Macon and are open to the public. Persons wishing to bring matters for the
Board’s consideration should submit a written request to the office.
Licensed opticians prepare and dispense lenses, spectacles, eyeglasses, contact
lenses and optical devices as authorized by a written prescription from an
optometrist or physician skilled in diseases of the eye. Dispensing opticians
can be considered for licensure after meeting specific educational or work
experience requirements and examination.
||In 2009, the spread of the H1N1 flu virus caused the World Health Organization to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6, the highest level. Georgia officials prepared for the H1N1 influenza campaign and the seasonal influenza campaign that occurred during fall and winter. While the H1N1 influenza campaign has ended, The Department of Community Health continues to build its pool of health professionals willing to serve as emergency response volunteers by signing up to assist with future campaigns (i.e. hurricane season). For more information and to sign up for the online volunteer pool, visit www.servga.gov.