Nurse giving a man his annual eye exam by getting his eyes' blood pressure

By: Cat Zakrzewski –

A year ago, Simple Contacts Inc. launched an app that allowed people to renew their contact-lens prescription through a short vision exam for just $10.

The idea has attracted $10 million in venture capital and has lured customers eager to skip their annual visit to the eye doctor.

But it has also come under scrutiny with lawmakers in several states. Optometrists, who also write prescriptions, have been lobbying to ban prescribing contact lenses via telemedicine in states like Connecticut and Rhode Island, saying the technology could be unsafe for patients.

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