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This Day in Georgia History

August 07, 1916

Optometry Regulated

Into the early 1900s, anyone could become an optometrist by purchasing a mail order opticians kit that came complete with an instructional manual for about $30. Mail order optometry in Georgia ended on this day in 1916 when Gov. Nathaniel Harris signed an act regulating the practice of optometry in Georgia. In addition to imposing various qualifications and educational requirements, the legislation created a state board to oversee the examining and licensing of optometrists.