Limited permits to practice ophthalmic dispensing and/or contact lens dispensing may be issued to individuals who meet all requirements for admission to the New York State Basic Ophthalmic Dispensing Practical Examination and/or the New York State Contact Lens Practical Certification Examination. That is, limited permits may be issued to individuals who have met the education or training and experience requirements and have passed the American Board of Opticianry and/or the National Contact Lens Examiners written examinations.
Limited permits cannot be issued to applicants who have failed the practical examination.
You may apply for a limited permit (Form 5) at the same time or any time after you submit your Application for Licensure (Form 1), initial licensure fee of $108, evidence of satisfactory education, and limited permit fee of $35. The limited permit cannot be issued until the Department has approved your education and received documentation of your successful completion of the appropriate written examination.
You may practice under a limited permit only under the supervision of a licensed physician, optometrist, or ophthalmic dispenser. The supervision must be on-site supervision but not necessarily direct personal supervision.
The limited permit is issued for two years. Limited permits expire when applicants who pass the examination receive their license or ten (10) days after applicants are notified that they were unsuccessful on the practical licensing examination. A limited permit can be renewed for one additional year if the applicant did not fail the examination or was not denied licensure. To renew a limited permit, a new Form 5 and fee of $35 must be submitted. If the practice site or supervisor changes, the permittee must reapply for a new limited permit by submitting a new Form 5. No additional fee is required for practice site or supervisor changes.
If you are licensed as an ophthalmic dispenser based on professional education, you can apply for a two-year limited permit to practice contact lens dispensing.
If you are licensed as an ophthalmic dispenser based on training experience, you must apply for a contact lens dispensing trainee permit.