The American Optician

Spring 2017

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1 4 T here was a lot going on this quarter. Here's the recap. HB 775 Georgia (Passed): Banned Opternative and other online refracting technologies. It also prevents neutralization and duplication of lenses by opticians. HB 2378 Arizona (Failed in Committee): Dissolution of the Arizona Optical Dispensers License is on hold in committee but was essentially killed after February 17 for not being brought up for discussion. However, it had 19 bipartisan co-sponsors, meaning it could be brought back. The Arizona State Board of Dispensing Opticians mentions the bill on their website but does not seem overly concerned. HB 1497 Virginia (Passed House and Senate, Governor signed into law February 24, 2017): Requires, for Legislative Update L E G A L Available from your favorite laboratory. NuPolar is a registered trademark of Younger Mfg. Co. G R A Y / G R A Y P O L Y B R O W N / G R A Y P O L Y B R O W N / B R O W N P O L Y N O W AVA I L A B L E I N T H R E E C O LO R O P T I O N S Now style-conscious patients can get the gradient they want with the polarization they need! NUPOLAR GRADIENT P O L A R I Z E D L E N S E S ® ophthalmic prescriptions written on or after July 1, 2017, that an ophthalmologist or optometrist establish a bona fide provider-patient relationship with a patient prior to prescribing spectacles, eyeglasses, lenses or contact lenses, and sets out requirements for establishing such relationship, which includes options for examination of the patient either in person or through face-to-face interactive, two-way, real-time communication or store-and-forward technologies. HB 617 Ohio (Failed): Ohio Optical Dispensers Board is being recommended for consolidation in a new super board, Vision & Hearing Professionals Board. Being proposed again in 2017, more to come. FTC Contact Lens Rule: September 2015, the FTC sought public comment on the costs, benefits and impact of the Contact Lens Rule as part of its regular review of all current FTC rules and guides. The Commission received 660 comments from interested parties and stakeholders, many of those were from our State and National Associations as well as individual opticians. The new proposal will require optometrists to obtain a signed agreement stating a prescription was received by the consumer. The signed acknowledgement must be kept on file for three years. Kris Pickford is OAA's Legal Consultant. Please reply with comments or concerns. As always, alert us of any news in your region. Thank you for your participation and feel free to share this correspondence.

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