Is Your Optometric Practice In A One-door Or Two-door State?


Practicing optometry in a corporate setting can be beneficial for new optometry graduates and experienced ODs. If you’re planning on going into to corporate optometry, one thing you should look at when considering joining a corporate optometry practice is if your state is a one-door or a two-door state.

We've compiled a rough list of one-door and two-door states here, but we recommend confirming the specific qualifications for your state.

Breaking Down One-door And Two-door States for Corporate Optometry

List of Two-door States for OptometryOne-door and Two-door States for Corporate Optometry

In a two-door state, the independent OD must be professionally and physically separated from the retailer’s optical department. According to a report from Jobson, the states listed below have a two-door policy for corporate optometric practices.

The two-door states for optometry include:

  1. California
  2. Kansas
  3. Kentucky
  4. Maine
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Mississippi
  7. New Mexico
  8. North Carolina
  9. North Dakota
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Oregon
  12. Rhone Island
  13. South Dakota
  14. Tennessee
  15. Texas
  16. Virginia
  17. West Virginia

Lists of The One-door States For Optometry

In a one door state, independent ODs are able to work inside the retailer’s optical department without the need for separate office spaces. Independent ODs in a one-door state can take advantage of shared services like booking appointments, processing payments, and more. According to Jobson, the following states do not have a two-door policy for optometry.

List of The One-door States For Optometry:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. Delaware
  7. Florida
  8. Georgia
  9. Hawaii
  10. Idaho
  11. Illinois
  12. Indiana
  13. Iowa
  14. Louisiana
  15. Maryland
  16. Michigan
  17. Minnesota
  18. Missouri
  19. Montana
  20. Nebraska
  21. Nevada
  22. New Hampshire
  23. New Jersey
  24. New York
  25. Ohio
  26. Pennsylvania
  27. South Carolina
  28. Utah
  29. Vermont
  30. Washington
  31. Wisconsin
  32. Wyoming


What About Alaska?

I know I only listed 49 states here. But after looking through the Jobson list and the Corporate Optometry Facebook group, I couldn’t confirm whether Alaska is a two-door state or a one-door state. If anyone knows the answer, let me know in the comments below!

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on November 22, 2017. It has been updated for relevance and richness of content on March 25, 2019.
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