Online vision testing services, which allow for online prescription renewal, are currently allowed in 39 states. Unfortunately, some states have moved to outlaw these services, caving to political pressure from lobbyists representing optometrists, including the American Optometric Association (AOA), and contact lens manufacturers. These opponents see this innovative technology as a threat to their market share.
Much as the taxi industry has sought to restrict new ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, these contact lens industry players – rather than incorporating the technologies to benefit their patients – are pressuring state legislators to ban them.
Since the beginning of 2016, bills attempting to outlaw or restrict online vision testing technologies have been introduced in more than a dozen states. See if your state is currently debating a telehealth-related bill, and take action today.
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