INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Chicago-based telehealth company that provides eye examinations online is challenging Indiana's ban on doctors using such tests to issue prescriptions for corrective lenses.
The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Visibly's lawsuit filed in Marion County takes issue with a telehealth measure that was signed into law in 2016 by then-Gov. Mike Pence.
That law permits doctors to examine patients and prescribe treatments and drugs, but it contains exceptions for some categories such as abortion drugs, most opioids and any "ophthalmic device," which includes glasses, contact lenses and low-vision devices.
Visibly says that vision tests and eye prescriptions are not the same as abortion drugs or opioids, and that they were included in the ban because of pressure from optometrists and the eyeglasses industry.
Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com