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Committee Bill No. 6012

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 5148

 

*05148HB06012PH_*

Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Introduced by:

 

(PH)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING CONSUMER PROTECTION IN EYE CARE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Contact lens" means any lens placed directly on the surface of the eye, regardless of whether or not the lens is intended to correct a visual defect, including, but not limited to, any cosmetic, therapeutic or corrective lens;

(2) "Eye examination" means a physical assessment of the ocular health and visual status of a patient that may include, but does not consist solely of, objective refractive data or information generated by an automated testing device, including, but not limited to, a remote refractive device, in order to establish a medical diagnosis or for the correction of vision disorders;

(3) "In-person evaluation" means a patient evaluation conducted by a provider who is at the same physical location as the location of the patient;

(4) "Prescription" means a provider's handwritten or electronic order for contact lenses based on an eye examination;

(5) "Provider" means an optometrist licensed pursuant to chapter 380 of the general statutes or a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370 of the general statutes who specializes in ophthalmology; and

(6) "Remote refractive device" means automated equipment or an application designed to be used on a telephone, computer or Internet-based device that can be used either in person or remotely to conduct a test to determine the refractive status of the eyes.

(b) A provider may not use the data or information obtained from the administration of a test using a remote refractive device as the sole basis for issuing a new prescription for contact lenses. No provider shall issue a new prescription for contact lenses to a patient without having performed an in-person evaluation and an eye examination of the patient.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To protect consumers from dubious technology that can compromise well-accepted standards of care and place a patient's health at risk.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

REP. RYAN, 139th Dist.; REP. ORANGE, 48th Dist.

REP. PETIT, 22nd Dist.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th Dist.

REP. KLARIDES-DITRIA, 105th Dist.

H.B. 6012