Protecting the public and
guiding the professions

For Professionals

The Council regulates the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

Professional Boards


Optometry is an autonomous, regulated (licensed/registered) healthcare profession and Optometrists are the primary providers of vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.

We are constituted in terms of the Regulations relating to the Constitution of the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians, Regulation No. R. 1250 of 28 November 2008. The current Board will be in office until September 2020.

The following professions are registered under our auspices, namely:
  • Dispensing Opticians
  • Student Dispensing Opticians
  • Supplementary Optical Dispensers
  • Student Supplementary Optical Dispensers
  • Supplementary Optometrists
  • Optometrists
  • Student Optometrists
  • Orthoptists