We will have another continuing education meeting In Columbia, August 3-4, as well as our annual business meeting. Registration will open in June.

More to follow


Come out and network with your fellow opticians!

SCAO's Columbia Area opticians will be having a Mix and Mingle event with light hors d'oeuvres.  

WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2024

              7-9:30 PM


WHERE: Dave and Buster's 

               100 Columbiana Circle, Ste 5

                Columbia, SC 29212
                (@ Columbiana Mall, Harbison area)

A head count is needed of the number of attendees to determine food and bev requirements. 

PLEASE RESPOND BEFORE:  4 PM on April 17, 2024. 


If you plan to attend, please respond to Jayne Sommers, Columbia Area Rep, via email 

RESPOND TO:  [email protected]

                           (Please be sure to include your

                             full name, email, and 

                             telephone number.) 

Hope to see you there!     


Thank you to everyone who showed up 2/14/24!  We are making progress.  We have a negotiation meeting set up early March to keep the ball rolling.  Everything is still looking very positive for our legislation.

Please continue to email your state representatives and ask for their support of SB588.  Your voice is being heard.  The more that email, write, or call the better chance we have to pass this important legislation.

The legislative committee also needs some information.  We are looking for offices that have been denied access to Vision panels.  We need to know what type of practice (retail, private OD owned, private MD owned, private Optician owned, etc), location, and reason for denial.  We are compiling this information for our bill sponsors.  We need all information emailed to [email protected]  as soon as possible.  Thank you!


The South Carolina Board of Examiners in Opticianry has recently issued a clarification regarding the continuing education requirements. Per S.C. Code of Law 40-38-260(B) “An optician or apprentice annually shall attend a minimum of four hours of continuing education courses or meetings.” The Board has clarified that all licensees must complete the required four (4) hours for Opticians and Registered Apprenticeship and the one (1) hour for Contact Lens Distribution licenses on an annual basis. Licensees will attest to the completion of the hours on the biennial renewal form.

Example: Current Opticianry license expiration date 10/01/2021. CE Hours Required 10/02/2019-10/01/2020: four (4) hours CE Hours Required 10/02/2020-10/01/2021: four (4) hours

Example: Current Contact Lens Dispensing license expiration date 10/01/2021.CE Hours Required 10/02/2019-10/01/2020: one (1) hour CE Hours Required 10/02/2020-10/01/2021: one (1) hour Failure to attain the number of hours required annually and/or the total number of hours required biennially for license renewal may result in Board action and additionally may affect renewal of the license.

For additional CE Information, please visit the Board website at https://www.llr.sc.gov/opti/ce.aspx.

Continuing education credit will not be waived unless you are living outside of the United States and then it is temporarily waived until your return and must be made up before the next renewal.

CE Broker is the official CE tracking system of the Board. All licensees shall register CEs to their CE Broker account by October 1, 2025. If you have not yet activated your account, this can be done by visiting https://cebroker.com/sc/account/basic/.

Information about State Licensure can be found by calling 803-896-4681 or visiting the following link:



Memberships run Jan 1- Dec 31, each year.  Dues are $125 per year if paid before Dec 31st of the previous year, and a $50 late fee occurs if paid/postmarked after Dec 31st.  To join or update your address, download a membership application here: SCAO Membership Application and send it in with your payment to:

SCAO or South Carolina Association of Opticians

And mail to:

PO Box 8185 Greenville, SC 29604

For a copy of our Bylaws, click this link: SCAO Bylaws

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