Ophthalmic prescriptions; definitions, who may provide prescriptions, requirements. (HB1497)

Introduced By

Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico) with support from co-patrons Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), and Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Requirements for ophthalmic prescriptions; eye examinations; penalty. Defines "eye examination" and "ophthalmic prescription" and sets out requirements for each. The bill prohibits the dispensing of eyeglasses or contact lenses unless the patient provides a valid ophthalmic prescription and prohibits ophthalmologists and optometrists from requiring patients to purchase ophthalmic goods, pay additional fees, or sign a waiver or release in exchange for a copy of an ophthalmic prescription. The bill provides that a violation of its requirements is a Class 2 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/15/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100532D
12/15/2016Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/11/2017Impact statement from VDH (HB1497)
01/12/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/24/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (11-Y 0-N)
01/26/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2017Committee substitute printed 17104155D-H1
01/26/2017Impact statement from VDH (HB1497H1)
01/27/2017Read first time
01/30/2017Read second time
01/30/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104155D-H1
01/30/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1497H1
01/31/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/31/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/09/2017Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Read third time
02/13/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1497ER)
02/15/2017Impact statement from VDH (HB1497ER)
02/15/2017Signed by Speaker
02/17/2017Signed by President
02/17/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 169 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0169)