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Resources for Licensed Opticians in New York


We hope that all our NYSSO members and their families are healthy and safe during this unsettling time. 


As we all grapple with the challenges posed by COVID-19, NYSSO is posting links to key information here. We will update this page as new information becomes available.


We have been asked recently if optician services are considered essential? Yes some of the work opticians perform is considered essential. 


According to the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions: "Any professional licensed pursuant to Title VIII of Education Law is deemed “essential” when their current duties or services are vital to public health and safety. A list of areas deemed “essential” at this time is available here. Professionals should follow appropriate precautions and ensure social distancing to the greatest extent possible when providing essential services. Additional guidance for health care professionals is available here."


On March 24, the department expanded on this statement, adding, "With respect to businesses or entities that operate or provide both essential and non-essential services, supplies or support, only those lines and/or business operations that are necessary to support the essential services, supplies, or support are exempt from the restriction."

Here is a list of New York Essential Services as defined by the Governor Cuomo's executive order.




New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Information


New York State Guidelines for Face Covering


Infection Control information from the Review of Optometric Business


The ABO-NCLE Statement on COVID-19


The American Academy of Ophthalmology Recommendations and Information on COVID-19


The American Optometric Association's COVID-19 Update Site


Infection Control and Prevention Guidelines from the CDC


COVID-19 Information from the CDC


COVID-19 Information from the World Health Organization

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Fax: 518-432-1712



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Albany, NY 12205 

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