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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) 367-4508. Copies are free of charge.

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105-9 Guidelines for Processing Applications for Licensure, adopted July 15, 2016

105-10 Guidance on End of a Contact Lens Fitting, adopted May 9, 2012

105-11 Disposition of Disciplinary Cases for Optometrists Involving Practicing with an Expired License, adopted February 8, 2012

105-12 Guidance for Continuing Education (CE) Audits and Sanctioning for Failure to Complete CE, adopted January 31, 2017

105-13 Guidance on Performing Free Eye Screenings, adopted May 11, 2011

105-14 Virginia Board of Optometry By-Laws, revised July 21, 2017

105-17 Board minutes, February 7, 1997- Guidance on Board Response to Violations of Use of O.D. and Optometrist in Advertising, Reaffirmed July 15, 2010 (Word Document)

105-26 Guidance on process of delegating informal fact-finding to an agency subordinate, revised September 2010 (Word Document)

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