Association warns of “significant risk.’

Following news reports that a Chicago optometrist has developed an online eye exam that may be available later this year, the American Optometric Association is warning sharply against such systems. “Anyone claiming to perform an eye exam without physically examining a patient is offering insufficient, ambiguous information and is contributing to a patient believing – incorrectly -- that his or her eye health needs have been met,” says an Association statement. “Consumers will be at significant risk regarding proper diagnosis and treatment of potentially sight-threatening and even life-threatening diseases if they are not properly evaluated by an eye doctor.”

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