Opternative decided to sue health officials from South Carolina after they banned the company from providing prescriptions. The suit was filed on Thursday against South Carolina’s Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. According to the company, the officials did not treat them right when they decided to ban their online tools.
Opternative is known for its online vision test. It offers exams in 39 countries and has also connections with some ophthalmologists who write prescriptions. However, according to the law in South Carolina, the prescription for glasses has to be done after the doctor saw the patient face to face. The Gov. Nikki Haley agreed to the practice because of its benefits. However, the South Carolina Senate had a different opinion. This is why Opternative is not able anymore to provide its exams.
The situation seems to be more difficult. The company claims the health officials made this decision just to protect other companies. The American Optometric Association did not agree with the online tests. They explained that a vision test made online can not give you the best results. Moreover, there are cases when a person’s vision is weaker because she suffers from a disease.
Opternative officials claim that their tests are effective. They think that the other companies do not want to have competition, especially because it is easier for people to take an online test instead of going to the doctor.
The company claims that their services are meeting the standards of care. It seems the online tests are good enough to provide the medical information every person needs. We will see what the court will decide and if the company will have again the right to provide prescriptions.
Most people have vision issues, even though not all of them are aware of this thing. While some of you have major problems and need to wear the glasses all the time, there are others who just wear glasses when they read or stay on the computer. If you feel like you are tired after staying in front of the computer for a few hours or something is wrong with your eyes, you should see a doctor as fast as you can.
Most of the times there is no major problem. You can wear glasses or lenses or you will have no problem. However, there are cases when a disease could be responsible for your eye problems.
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