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January 26, 2018 Virginia Insights

Key Dates

Jan. 29: VSEPS Day on the Hill, Board Meeting, Reception

Feb 16: Deadline to Submit Abstracts for VSEPS Annual Meeting

April 18-21: AAO Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid Year Forum

June 8-9, VSEPS Annual Scientific Meeting, Virginia Beach Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel

Oct 18 - 21: MSV Annual Meeting, Hotel Roanoke

Oct 27-30: AAO Annual Meeting, Chicago

2018 Membership Dues Now Due

VSEPS Dues for 2018 are now due. Members' dues must be paid to take advantage of special rates for annual meeting, 10% OMIC discount.

The mission of the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons is to advocate the best quality eye care through education, legislative efforts and community service.



































Special Report:
Grassroots Advocacy, Engagement Critical to Stopping Surgical Scope Expansion 

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This legislative compromise limits optometrists to performing injections into eyelids only for treatment of chalazia with Schedule VI steroids that have failed accepted conservative therapy. Optometrists who want to perform these kinds of injections must meet enhanced, specific training requirements and be certified by the Virginia Board of Optometry. It eliminated the attempt by optometrists to add themselves to the “Definition of Surgery” law as surgeons.

Despite the VOA's efforts, we were able to secure an amended bill that greatly rolls back their original requests for scope expansion, protects patient safety, and keeps "surgery by surgeons" in Virginia.

This compromise is thanks to the extraordinary lobbying and grassroots advocacy efforts of VSEPS members, leadership and legislative team from VSEPS and MSV, and allies. This includes an incredible turnout by ophthalmologists, and other physicians in white coats at the committee meeting.

  • Click here to see the amended bill highlighted with the new proposed law:

  • To view the Senate committee hearing, click here:

Discussion on Senate Bill 511 begins at 01:16.


Special thanks to the Medical Society of Virginia, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, our lobbying team, and VSEPS members who wrote and called their legislators and attended Thursday’s meeting. The AAO contributed valuable resources, information, and guidance to the VSEPS effort. Your individual engagement, especially with your legislators, colleagues and patients, made a HUGE difference in today’s positive compromise.

However, our fight for continued patient safety is not over. The VOA will continue to pursue optometric scope expansions without commensurate education in Virginia’s General Assembly. We must build on this year’s advocacy and ensure that we educate our legislators throughout the year. Your membership in VSEPS is vital to our efforts. Your direct and regular communication and outreach to your legislators in the General Assembly and donating to Virginia’s EyePAC are key. A strong PAC gives us a stronger voice and enhanced access to legislators not just during session but year-round. Please donate today! Click here to donate online. Or mail your checks, made payable to EyePAC to VSEPS, PO Box 3268, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

Contact your VSEPS team with any questions or to learn more about becoming active in our advocacy efforts.


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