PA 17-115—sHB 6012

Public Health Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING CONSUMER PROTECTION IN EYE CARE

SUMMARY: This act prohibits optometrists and ophthalmologists (providers) from:

1. using information obtained from a test using a “remote refractive device” (such as a smartphone app) as the sole basis for issuing or renewing an initial prescription for contact lenses and

2. issuing or renewing an initial prescription for contact lenses without having performed an in-person evaluation and eye examination of the patient.

The act applies to prescriptions for any contact lenses, whether used for corrective, therapeutic, or cosmetic purposes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

DEFINITIONS

The act defines a “remote refractive device” as automated equipment or an application designed for use on a telephone, computer, or internet-based device that can be used in person or remotely to test the eyes' refractive status.

An “eye examination” is a physical assessment of a patient's ocular health and visual status that may include, but may not consist solely of, objective refractive data generated by an automated testing device, including a remote refractive device, to establish a medical diagnosis or for correcting vision disorders.

An “initial prescription” is a provider's handwritten or electronic contact lens prescription, as defined in federal law (15 U.S.C. 7610), that the provider issues the first time he or she fits a patient with a contact lens. Federal law specifies the information that must be included in the prescription.