Disclaimer: Misrad Habriut regulations are subject to change without advance notice and are constantly changing. For the most current information regarding licensing procedures, please see Misrad Habriut’s website. Nefesh B’Nefesh does not take responsibility for inaccuracies on the site or changes to the law. Furthermore, while we acknowledge that some individuals may engage in telehealth/telemedicine practices, NBN does not assume any responsibility for providing guidance in this regard. It is your sole responsibility to conduct thorough research and comply with licensing, insurance, tax, and all relevant rules and regulations applicable to your location of residence and/or location of practice.
For Doctors of Optometry (ODs) who are accustomed to practicing optometry in the U.S. and Canada, the practice of the profession in Israel may seem relatively limited. Israeli optometrists do not prescribe medication, nor do they generally use diagnostic pharmaceuticals, as is common in North America. The role of optometrists is to provide vision care, not to function as eye doctors, and many of the responsibilities held by optometrists in North America are only performed in Israel by ophthalmologists.
Please note: As of now the Israeli Ministry of Health does not recognize online degrees.
From time to time, depending on registration, the Israeli Ministry of Aliyah and Integration can offer a medical Ulpan (in-person and/or online). Participants must either first successfully complete a regular Ulpan course or pass a Hebrew entrance exam to join. If you are interested in having Nefesh B’Nefesh pass along your information to the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration please complete this form: http://eepurl.com/ilYitk
* Last updated on November 19, 2023 *