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Licensing information - Applications and forms, fee schedule and licensing requirements
- The Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance, is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Board of Optometry. We have a vacancy for one licensed optometrist. Only optometrists who are citizens of the United States, residents of this state, having been licensed to practice and practicing optometry in this state for a period of at least four years immediately preceding the effective date of appointment, and who have no connection with any school or college embracing the teaching of optometry or with any optical supply business may be appointed. If you're interested in applying for appointment to the Board of Optometry, go to our website and complete the application online.
- Information for providers whose credentials have been affected by a drug conviction
- New! The Federal Trade Commission has published a final rule to implement amendments to the Contact Lens Rule. These amendments require that prescribing eye care practitioners obtain a confirmation of prescription release from patients after releasing a contact lens prescription and maintain each such acknowledgment for a period of not less than three years. Please see the news release and rule language for more information.
- National Board of Examiners of Optometry (NBEO) Testing Delays - The Board of Optometry is aware of concerns due to testing delays for Part III of the NBEO examination. These delays may impact new optometry graduates and those scheduled to begin residency programs this July. New graduates in this situation should be mindful of Washington's laws and regulations of the practice of optometry. The practice of optometry is not allowed without a license. Unlicensed practice of optometry is a violation of RCW 18.130.180. The board encourages new graduates affected by the testing delays to communicate with their residency directors about other options that don't violate Washington's scope of practice for optometry: RCW 18.53.010 Definition - Scope of Practice.
- COVID-19 Continuing Education Policy (PDF)