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The Iowa Board of Optometry evaluates the qualifications of applicants for licensure and grants licenses to those who qualify. The board establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensed Optometrists and investigates complaints for unprofessional conduct.

The board is the connection between the consumer and the licensed optometrist, as such, promotes the public health, welfare and safety.

Licensees are responsible for meeting all licensure requirements and should review the rules carefully and frequently. Iowa law and rules include detailed information about licensure requirements, renewal, continuing education and other important content specific to this profession.

Laws & Rules


Laws are contained in the Iowa Code. They are enacted by the Iowa Legislature and provide statutory authority to the professional licensure boards.

Administrative Rules

The board adopts rules to interpret and implement the Iowa Code. Administrative rules have the force and effect of law.

Iowa Code & Administrative Rules for Licensing Boards

Iowa Practitioner Program

The Iowa Practitioner Program (IPP) is available to licensees across multiple licensing boards in Iowa. The Iowa Practitioner Review Committee (IPRC) reviews self-reports made by licensees to determine eligibility for participation.