Optometry: FAQs

Q: What are the requirements to become a licensed optometrist in the State of New Mexico?

To become a licensed optometrist in the State of New Mexico, a candidate must provide specific educational requirements; pass Parts I, II, III  and the TMOD of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry’ standards examination (Click HERE for more details); and take the New Mexico State clinical/practicum exam.

Q: How often is the State’s clinical/practicum exam offered?

The New Mexico State clinical/practicum exam is offered once a year, which is usually the second week in August.

Q: What is does the New Mexico State clinical/practicum exam consist of.
  1. A written exam based on the Board’s statutes and rules.
  2. A clinical/practicum consisting of four segments –  three involving clinical scenarios and the fourth on stand-alone procedures that requires a patient. (Click HERE for details)
Q: In order to sell contact (including colored) lenses in the State of New Mexico, does one have to be registered?

Yes.  A person who is not a licensed optometrist or a licensed physician shall not sell or dispense a contact lens to a resident of this state unless they are registered with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy as a seller or dispenser of contact lenses.  (See 16.16.19.19 NMAC of the rules)

Q: How long is a prescription for contact lenses and ophthalmic lenses good for?

Generally, a contact prescription is good for two years unless the optometrist determines a shorter prescription period is clinically indicated by the patient’s ocular health or by potential harm to the patient’s ocular health.  A prescription for ophthalmic lenses is generally good for one to two years.

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