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LegitScript Seeking Comments on Proposed Standards for Internet Prescription Eyeglass Websites

LegitScript is pleased to announce that we will be launching a certification program for Internet-based sellers of prescription eyewear. In preparation for that, we are seeking input and comment regarding our certification standards.

As background, most people know that “LegitScript Approved” is our mark for legitimate Internet pharmacies, not just in the US but — as we recently announced — globally. We also actively monitor and classify dietary supplements and similar products, although we do not currently certify dietary supplement websites. Soon, we will be adding a new seal of LegitScript approval for Internet-based sellers of prescription eyewear that comply with applicable laws and regulations and safety standards.

Why the need for a certification program for Internet-based sellers of prescription eyewear? Simply put, your vision is important: as in any industry, there are sellers who are safe, legitimate and comply with applicable regulations designed to protect patients — and those who unfortunately skirt the rules, which can lead to customers receiving a substandard product or putting their health at risk. We think that eyewear patients deserve to know which are which.

We are very excited about this new program. At first, we’ll just be focused on the US market — that is, any website or Internet merchant offering prescription eyewear to US residents. We have been working toward the goal of finalizing standards that will be applied to every applicant to the certification program.

And, we have an invitation for regulators, eyeglass sellers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, and those who wear prescription eyewear: if you would like a say in our standards, now’s the time! We invite you to review our proposed standards which will be used to determine the legitimacy of merchants selling prescription eyeglasses online to US customers. For the next 45 days, we will be accepting feedback on these standards. We welcome any comments or concerns you might have! Let us know what you think at comments[at]legitscript.com.

Proposed Standards for Certification of Internet Eyeglass Sellers