Press Release – updated: Mar 21, 2018
CHICAGO, March 21, 2018 (Newswire.com) –
Glasses and contact lens wearers rely on Opternative every day to help get their prescriptions renewed. Opternative has been working closely with the FDA since the first days of our company and we are continuing to work closely with the agency. We responded promptly to FDA’s warning letter from October 2017 and we are working diligently to voluntarily comply with all regulatory requirements. We share the FDA’s commitment to protecting patients and helping consumers access safe and reliable health services. As our company and technology has evolved and improved, we have worked diligently with the FDA to keep them up to date on all the ways we are working to help consumers every day.
Each year, less than 50 percent of the U.S. adult population get vision screenings of eye exams due to barriers to access like time, cost and inconvenience. Over 50 million adults have not had an exam in the past 2 years, and many millions have never had an eye exam, which can lead to trouble reading, driving, and other important activities of daily living. Opternative started based on the premise that consumers need increased access to vision exams. Increasing the frequency of vision tests to complement an eye health exam is what consumers want and need. Remote vision tests are a key component towards solving that need. We have already helped increase access and service to hundreds of thousands of patients through our platform.
We look forward to continuing our work with all eye-care professionals to increase access to high quality, patient-centered eye care as we continue to offer our physician-reviewed, prescription renewal technology to healthy consumers. We recognize our technology and our new way of helping patients get their prescription renewed are viewed as disruptive to those who wish to prohibit emerging technologies from entering the vision prescription renewal space.
Last week’s news stories are based on a six-month-old FDA Warning Letter. As noted above, we responded to the FDA’s letter in a timely manner. We continue to communicate with the FDA on a regular basis, to work through the regulatory medical device clearance process with our outside experts. Our state of the art service provides patients with more convenient, more accessible eye-care services and prescription renewals online.
Opternative Inc., a Chicago-based healthcare technology company, founded in 2012, has launched the first online refractive eye test that delivers a physician-issued prescription for glasses or contact lenses. The test is interactive and follows the same subjective principles applied in an eye care professional’s office where patients are asked to respond to a series of questions based on images presented to them. The software uses a series of vision tests, algorithms and patient medical history to provide ophthalmologists with a clinical decision support tool that enables them to diagnose patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, emmetropia and to prescribe glasses or contacts when appropriate. With a mission to help the world see and feel better, the Opternative eye test will make vision screening and prescription services accessible and affordable to everyone.
Pete Horkan, External Affairs
Source: Opternative, INC