OPW News Alerts and Links

FTC Effectively Bans All Non-Competes

April 24, 2024

On April 23, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved a ban on non-compete clauses that would prohibit employers from issuing non-compete agreements with workers, including paraoptometric staff, doctors of optometry, and contracted staff. The rule, which takes effect 120 days from publication in the Federal Register (likely August 2024), would also invalidate existing non-compete agreements for many individuals. So what does the rule say, and how will it affect optometry? Click the links below to learn more.

Read the FAQ by American Optometric Association (AOA).

Read the Summary by Practice Compliance Solutions (PCS).

OPW 2024 Dues & WOPAC Collection Update

December 20, 2023

Effective January 1 - the  OPW State Office will process ALL payments in 2024, including dues & WOPAC, with your regular dues invoice for easier payment options. 

NO credit cards that are stored with AOA will transfer to OPW. It is imperative to update your payments for OPW by completing this quick  questionnaire.

If you have auto payments set up through your bank, please update our mailing address with your Bill Pay service. If you are mailing your payments, please send it to:
PO BOX 338
Eatonville WA 98328

Optometrist Continuing Education Requirement - Changes 

October 26, 2023

Effective Nov. 26, 2023 The WA Board of Optometry adopted rule amendments to allow additional online continuing education (CE) and define synchronous and asynchronous learning methods. The adopted rule amendments include new definitions, minimum and maximum CE hours by categories, reference to other required trainings, CE documentation requirements, state of emergency provision, listing national organization, and clarifying self-study requirements. View the CR-103 Rule-Making Order in the link below.

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ESSB 5229 Health Equity - CR 103 (Concise Explanatory Statement)

October 24, 2023

Effective Nov. 26, 2023 The WA State Department of Health has filed a CR103 package regarding health equity continuing education. All health professionals are required to complete two hours of health equity continuing education (CE) every four years. The department model rules also require that the two CE hours include implicit bias training to identify strategies to reduce bias during assessment and diagnosis. The adopted rule does not add to the total CE hours required to renew the license. For more information, click and read the linked Concise Explanatory Statement below.

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Optometrist-performed YAG capsulotomies shown effective, safe and beneficial for patients

September 14, 2023

Currently, licensed doctors of optometry in 10 states perform YAG laser capsulotomy and a new study provides further evidence to support its use in optometric practice.

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2023 Legislative Victories Boost Optometry’s Credibility, More Changes Looming

August 25, 2023

After months of uncertainty, courtesy of a lingering Florida bill threatening to strip optometrists of their ‘physician’ title, a few 2023 legislative victories have given optometrists a reason to celebrate.

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Board of Optometry filed CR-101, Substitute Senate Bill 5389

July 25, 2023

The board is considering amendments to implement SSB 5389 (chapter 400, laws of 2023) which expands the optometrist scope of practice to include certain advanced procedures and establishes requirements for a license endorsement.

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Board of Optometry Rescinds Policy Statement OB 20-01.1 Continuing Education Requirements During the COVID-19 Response

June 12, 2023

After May 11, 2023 license renewal requirements return to a maximum of 10 hours of remote study and a maximum of 25 hours of self-directed study continuing education may count towards the total 50 hours.

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Breaking News: FL “Not A Doctor” Bill Vetoed in Victory for Doctors of Optometry

June 2, 2023

In a critical win, the Florida Optometric Association (FOA) shared the important announcement that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis today vetoed the proposed “Not a Doctor” bill, SB 230.

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Board of Optometry Recruitment

May 31, 2023

The Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance, is accepting applications to fill two vacancies on the Board of Optometry.

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Gov. Inslee Signs Bill to Update Optometric Scope of Practice

May 9, 2023

SSB 5389, Access to Eyecare Act, increases access to safe, quality eyecare.

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Washington Scope Bill Awaiting Governor’s Signature

April 26, 2023

SSB 5389 would authorize ODs to perform several advanced procedures—excluding lasers—and expand prescribing rights.

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