The Kentucky Board of Ophthalmic Dispensers examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession of Ophthalmic Dispensing in the state of Kentucky. For information on the KY Board of Ophthalmic Dispensers, visit their website,

ABO and NCLE are national not-for- profit organizations for the voluntary certification of ophthalmic dispensers. ABO, the American Board of Opticianry, certifies opticians who dispense and work with spectacles. NCLE, the National Contact Lens Examiners, certifies those ophthalmic dispensers who fit and work with contact lenses.

Both organizations have the same purpose: to identify qualified ophthalmic dispensers for the public and for the ophthalmic community by certifying those who pass the professionally developed examinations. They also encourage growth of optical skills with continuing education and approve continuing education programs for recertification.

For more information on certification or to learn more about ABO or NCLE visit their website,