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WFLA-TV Tampa, FL (5/2, Leigh) reports on online eye exams, specifically mentioning Opternative. The site takes users through an exam, after which the user receives a prescription “written by a board certified ophthalmologist for eye glasses, contacts or both for just $60.” Optometrist Dr. Stuart Harrell of Lakeland criticized the exam, saying that it offers “nothing that helps you understand the health of your eye,” while an examination by an optometrist would reveal “potential brain tumors ... auto-immune disease ... retinal holes, retinal tears ... hypertensive issues ... sickle cell anemia.” American Optometric Association president Dr. Andrea Thau, said, “These tests are dangerous. They are not an eye examination. They are not even fully capable of determining a prescription or the proper analysis of what’s right for a patient.” The AOA has asked the US Food and Drug Administration “to investigate online eye exams, ensuring patients are ultimately protected.”