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The Difference between the OAO and the Licensing Board
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The Difference between the OAO and the Licensing Board

The OAO or the OODB?

Opticians make long distance phone calls to the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board and the Opticians Association of Ohio everyday. They are commonly, and easily, confusing the telephone numbers when specific information is needed by the optician. There are differences in objectives and purpose of the Opticians Association of Ohio...the statewide association, and the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board...the state government agency.

The Ohio Optical Dispensers Board is a nine member board of directors appointed by the Governor. They are made up of five dispensing opticians, one optometrist, two public members (one must be a senior citizen) , and one physician who engages in the practice of ophthalmology. They monitor the professional conduct, education and licensing of opticians. They also help implement and enforce the laws and rules that govern the profession in the state.

The Opticians Association of Ohio is a non-profit, statewide organization that represents and promotes opticians and helps protect the interests of the opticians before the legislature and the Board. Its Board of Trustees is made of sixteen voting members and past presidents.

The OAO is an association organized by and for opticians. Members dues make up the operating budget for providing continuing education requirements, networking for opticians through chapters and regular publications, lobbying and legal services, and other valuable member benefits.


When you telephone, make sure you are directing your call to the organization you desire to contact:
  • Ohio Optical Dispensers Board: 614-466-9709
    Questions on: your license, all approved C.E. seminars, state licensing law

  • Opticians Association of Ohio: 800-661-5367
    Questions on: your membership, OAO Local Division/State