U.S. Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) introduced a bipartisan bill last month to modernize the process for verifying contact lens prescriptions, which are worn by approximately 45 million Americans.
“This bill will maintain consumer freedom while ensuring that physicians can verify their patients’ prescriptions,” said Representative Burgess.
The Contact Lens Prescription Verification Act, HR 3353, which Rep. Burgess co-sponsored on May 19 with the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), would provide new protections to consumers banning the use of calls automated, requiring online retailers to provide an online portal for consumers to download their prescriptions and require all medical information sent in emails to be encrypted, according to an invoice summary provided by the representative’s office Burgess.
“Throughout this pandemic, Americans have enjoyed the convenience of technology,” said Representative Burgess. “In an age when many consumers shy away from face-to-face interactions, the ability to purchase contact lenses online keeps patients safe. “
Representative Burgess pointed out that since online contact lens suppliers are still allowed to verify prescriptions using an automated voice or automated voice call, this has resulted in incorrect prescriptions and sometimes permanent eye damage. or blindness.
“Contact lenses are classified as medical devices; therefore, it is essential that patients receive the correct prescription when ordering contact lenses, regardless of where they order, ”said the congressman. “The Contact Lens Prescription Verification Modernization Act prohibits robocalls for contact lens prescription verifications and extends HIPAA protections to correspondence between a patient and an online seller. “
The American Optometric Association, the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have approved HR 3353.