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Guidance Documents

The Code of Virginia requires annual publication of lists of guidance documents from state agencies. A guidance document is defined as "...any document developed by a state agency or staff that provides information or guidance of general applicability to the staff or public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations..." Agencies are required to maintain a complete, current list of all guidance documents and make the full text of such documents available to the public.

Copies of the following documents may be viewed during regular work days from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the offices of the Department of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico Virginia 23233-1463. Copies may also be downloaded by clicking on the links below or from the Regulatory Townhall at or requested by email at  Questions regarding implementation of these documents or requests for copies may be directed to Leslie L. Knachel, Executive Director of the Board at the address above or by telephone at (804) 597-4132. Copies are free of charge.

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105-1 Guidance for Telepractice, effective September 17, 2020

105-2 Guidance on Light Adjustable Lens, effective September 28, 2023

105-9 Guidelines for Processing Applications for Licensure, effective September 16, 2021

105-10 Guidance on End of a Contact Lens Fitting, effective October 27, 2022

105-11 Disposition of Disciplinary Cases for Optometrists Involving Practicing with an Expired License, effective May 12, 2022

105-12 Guidance for Continuing Education (CE) Audits and Sanctioning for Failure to Complete CE, effective April 3, 2019

105-13 Guidance on Performing Free Eye Screenings, effective October 27, 2022

105-14 Virginia Board of Optometry By-Laws, effective December 9, 2021

105-28 Instruction manual on use of sanction reference points, adopted December 6, 2007, revised July 20, 2011

Department Guidance Documents  - Guidance documents for the Department of Health Professions.

Virginia Board of Optometry | Contact the Board
Leslie L. Knachel, Executive Director
Gerald R. Neidigh, Jr., O.D., President