The Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (WAEPS):

As the professional organization for eye physicians and surgeons (Eye M.D.s) in the state, we help ophthalmologists offer their patients the full range of options for eye care by staying at the leading edge of medical, surgical and optical care. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors—physicians and surgeons. Read more about the difference between ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) and optometrists here.

WAEPS response to 2021 Optometric scope of practice expansion

The Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons supports safe, accessible, expert eye care and surgery performed by eye surgeons, or ophthalmologists. Optometrists are not surgeons, and are not trained to the rigorous standards necessary to operate safely on the citizens of Washington State, yet they want to legislate the ability to do surgery with no live patient encounters and training only over a weekend seminar. Ophthalmologists train for 3-5 years, with 12-15,000 patient encounters and hundreds of surgeries performed to be able to be competent surgeons. Please write your legislators today to support surgery being done by medical doctors trained to be surgeons (ophthalmologists), and to oppose optometrists who want to be surgeons without the necessary training. You can find your legislators here.

 If you’d like to help us fight to keep surgery in the hands of surgeons in Washington State, please email us!

Good News in the Northwest: In 2021, The Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology launched a robust grassroots effort, stepping up to educate the state legislators as well as informing patients of the dire consequences of the bill. Capping off this well coordinated advocacy grassroot efforts, the state society members gave persuasive and insightful testimony during House committee bill hearings. The Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology thwarted a determined effort in the Oregon House of Representatives to move a dangerous bill that would have authorized optometrists to perform laser surgery and place surgical standards and patient safety at risk. To learn more about Oregon's successful outcome click here.

Frequently Asked Questions about the OPW Scope of Practice 

Our Mission:

The Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons is an organization comprised of eye physicians and surgeons--medical doctors uniquely trained in the medical and surgical care of the eye. WAEPS serves the educational and professional needs of its member ophthalmologists and is devoted to promoting the health and well-being of the citizens of Washington.

 

General Public

  • Keeping your eyes healthy at every stage of life
  • Find an eye doctor to care for you and your loved ones

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Ophthalmic Personnel and Allied Health Professionals

  • Professional certification resources
  • Professional development
  • Employment opportunities in WAEPS member practices
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Ophthalmologists

  • Upcoming CME opportunities
  • Physician resources
  • WAEPS activities and projects
  • Members-only resources

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