COVID-19 Resources

As of March 17, 2020 the OPW strongly recommends that all optometry practices in Washington state voluntarily suspend non-essential, non-urgent optometric care.

This advisory is based on the CDC recommendation that ALL routine dental and eye care appointments be postponed. This CDC advisory does not currently have an end date. Here in Washington state, the Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order has a tentantive end date of May 4.  OPW cannot recommend an end date to the advisory  but will be in constant contact with public health and governmental authorities and will update this information accordingly.

This advice is based on widespread community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our communities. The public has been asked by Governor Jay Inslee to increase our efforts at social distancing in order to slow the progression of COVID-19 and lessen the impact on our critical care facilities.  All gatherings of more than 50 participants are prohibited until further notice unless previously announced criteria for hygiene and social distancing are met.  While restrictions do not apply specifically to optometry, it is important that we all are doing our part to increase social distancing and not be contributing to community transmission.

This is a difficult decision that each practitioner needs to make individually.  While we recommend suspension of non-essential, non-urgent care, we want to emphasize that at this time we are not advising offices to close completely.  Clinics/offices should take steps to remain available for care for those patients needing urgent and/or essential care.  This will also be a great benefit to our local hospital emergency rooms, who are not in a position to treat eye emergencies at this time.

Here are some additional links as gathered by the OPW Task Force that you may find useful as you make decisions regarding your practice operations:

FINANCIAL IMPACT MITIGATION
CLINICAL PRACTICE PROTOCOLS
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TOOLS
STRESS REDUCTION DURING COVID-19

This is a rapidly evolving situation and OPW remains committed to helping our members with resources to weather this situation. This page is being updated constantly, and we are working to provide the most update to date information in the cleaniest way so that you can make the most informed decisions for you, your office, and your patients.