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California Board of Optometry

2450 Del Paso Road, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 575-7170

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The California Board of Optometry will deny an application for license for a conviction of a crime related to the duties and functions of a Optometrist, if you have done any act of dishonesty &/or made a false statement on an application for license. At Spital & Associates, we are the highest rated Board of Optometry attorneys practicing statewide in California. We have over 49 years of experience, and Sam Spital served as a former Deputy Attorney General and since 1978 is a skilled State Board defense lawyer.

The Optometry Board prosecutes cases against individuals that have a license as an Optometrist if there is an allegation of any of the grounds for denial of license as well as one or more of the following more common grounds for disciplinary action:

  • Sexual Contact or Sexual Misconduct by an optometrist
  • Abuse of Alcohol and/or Prescription Drugs by an optometrist
  • Use of Illegal Narcotics/Substances by an optometrist
  • Incompetence and/or Gross Negligence as an optometrist
  • Conviction of a Crime Substantially Related to your license
  • Falsifying records by an optometrist
  • False, deceptive or misleading advertising by an optometrist
  • Unauthorized disclosure of patient information
  • Fiscal Dishonesty/Fraud/Theft by an optometrist
  • Misrepresentation as to the status of a license
  • Unlicensed Practice of Optometry

When a complaint against an optometrist has been received by the Board of Optometry, it is reviewed, analyzed and then processed. Some complaints are closed because they fall outside of the jurisdiction of the Optometry Board and/or do not involve grounds for disciplinary action (e.g. personality conflicts).

Once the complaint is reviewed, the Optometry Board may determine the allegations are unsubstantiated. On the other hand, the Board of Optometry may conclude the allegations are valid and they will decide what further action should be taken, if any. The options include:

  • Optometry Board closes the complaint on the grounds it is without merit
  • Optometry Board closes the complaint even though it has been determined the complaint has merit
  • Optometry Board refers the matter to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution. The AG will seek to deny a license if you are an applicant for a license; or the AG will seek to suspend or revoke your license and impose countless terms and conditions to a probationary license.
  • You as an optometrist employ expert legal counsel to present a compelling and powerful defense so the Optometry Board disciplinary action is minimized, if any is taken.
  • Board of Optometry handles the matter “in-house” and issues a citation, fine, private reprimand, etc.


Before discussing your Board of Optometry case, whether an investigation, an application for a license, inquiry from the Board, an  Accusation filed by a Deputy Attorney General, or with anyone, you should obtain the advice of an experienced California State Board of Optometry Defense lawyer at Spital & Associates. Ask for Sam Spital, Managing Attorney. Call for a FREE Attorney Consultation now (619) 583-0350 !