Opternative today praised Virginia for enacting legislation allowing eye care telehealth services in the state. The pro-consumer legislation (HB 1497 and SB 1321), which was signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday, clears the way for online contact lens and glasses prescription services to continue to be offered in Virginia and provides a model for other states considering similar legislation. The legislation is supported by eye care professional organizations, including the Medical Society of Virginia and the Virginia Optometric Association, as well as retailers and providers of online prescription services.
“Opternative was founded with a sincere belief that contact lens prescriptions should be accessible and affordable to everyone,” said Peter Horkan, Head of US Government Affairs for Opternative. “As a result of this legislation, every Virginian will have the right to innovative and affordable vision testing options. We applaud the efforts of Senator Carrico and Delegate Farrell to architect this piece of legislation that continues to make Virginia a leader in access to remote health care services.”