The American Optician

FALL 2017

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1 3 ICYMI: Here's a brief read so you can catch up on cases you might have missed in the last few months. Ohio H.B. 49 After Jan. 21, 2018, the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board and the Ohio State Board of Optometry will consolidate as the State Vision Professionals Board. The newly formed board will have four optometrists, two opticians and one public member, appointed by the Governor. Opticians are still licensed under Chapter 4725 of the Ohio Revised Code and Chapter 4726 of the Ohio Administrative Code. Read comments from Linda Fitzgerald , president of the Opticians Association of Ohio, regarding this situation. Ohio H.B. 116 Exempts the sales of prescription eyewear from state and local taxes. It does not apply to non-prescription eyewear or cosmetic contact lenses. Connecticut H.B. 6012 Signed by the Governor of Connecticut on July 5, 2017, HB 6012 prohibits optometrists and ophthalmologists from using information obtained from a test using a remote refractive device, such as a smartphone app, as the sole basis for issuing an initial or renewal prescription for contact lenses for the first exam or first renewal. The legislation does not appear to restrict eyeglass prescriptions from Opternative-style devices. Nevada A.S. 129 Did not pass. A.S. 129 attempted to prohibit remote refractive devices for ophthalmic lenses. Nevada is in session every other year so the next time a proposal covering online eye exams is likely to arise would be 2019. Virginia: VA Code ยง 54.1-2400.01:2 After July 1, 2017, optometrists and ophthalmologists ("Ophthalmic Providers") in Virginia will be able to practice through telehealth as long as there is a "bona fide" patient-provider relationship. This means, Opternative-style L E G A L Legislative Updates from Six States prescriptions are only allowed if the patient has a prior relationship with the prescribing OD or MD. Texas: Cosmetic Contact Lens Lawsuit A Lubbock woman lost her eyesight after purchasing cosmetic lenses at a One Stop Contact Lenses booth leading to a lawsuit seeking damages of $1 million. According to the Dallas News , the lawsuit states that sellers of the Bella brand contact lenses may be violating many regulations. The lenses are sold by street vendors, novelty and Halloween stores, as well as convenience and beauty supply stores. Read more here . Kris Pickford is OAA's legal consultant.

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