Opticians Association of Rhode Island
Opticians Association of Rhode Island


OARI History

Noteworthy Legislative Achievements:


• 1982: Established a separate opticianry board within the Department of Health, independent of optometric rule.


• 1998: Further advanced the profession by requiring a two year mandatory ophthalmic science degree.


• 2007: Separated opticianry rules and regulations from the rules of optometry


• 2007: Passed Law to give opticians the ability to change add powers in spectacle Rxs. Strengthened eyewear duplication language.


• 2011: Eliminated the one year apprenticeship requirement for licensing.


• 2012:  Established first annual college scholarship award to a CCRI opticianry student.