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(225 ILCS 83/) Mail Order Contact Lens Act.

225 ILCS 83/1

    (225 ILCS 83/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Mail Order Contact Lens Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-421, eff. 1-1-00.)

225 ILCS 83/5

    (225 ILCS 83/5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Contact lens prescription" means a written order bearing the original signature of a duly licensed optometrist or physician or an oral or electronic order issued directly by an optometrist or physician that authorizes the dispensing of contact lenses to a patient.
    "Department" means the Department of Professional Regulation.
    "Mail-order ophthalmic provider" means an entity that dispenses contact lenses through the United States Postal Service or other common carrier to Illinois residents.
    "Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine in all its branches under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
(Source: P.A. 91-421, eff. 1-1-00.)

225 ILCS 83/10

    (225 ILCS 83/10)
    Sec. 10. Dispensing contact lenses. A mail-order ophthalmic provider may dispense contact lenses in this State or to a patient in this State only in accordance with a contact lens prescription.
(Source: P.A. 91-421, eff. 1-1-00.)

225 ILCS 83/15

    (225 ILCS 83/15)
    Sec. 15. Rules. The Department shall promulgate rules, as may be necessary, for the administration of this Act, including without limitation rules requiring registration and certification of mail order ophthalmic providers under Section 20. Notice of proposed rulemaking shall be transmitted to the Illinois Optometric Licensing and Disciplinary Board, and the Medical Licensing Board and the Department shall review the response from the Boards and any recommendations they make.
(Source: P.A. 91-421, eff. 1-1-00.)

225 ILCS 83/20

    (225 ILCS 83/20)
    Sec. 20. Nonresident mail-order ophthalmic provider registration.
    (a) The Department shall require and provide for an annual registration for all mail-order ophthalmic providers located outside of this State, including those providing services via the Internet, that dispense contact lenses to Illinois residents. A mail-order ophthalmic provider's registration shall be granted by the Department upon the disclosure and certification by a mail-order ophthalmic provider of all of the following:
        (1) That it is licensed or registered to distribute
contact lenses in the state in which the dispensing facility is located and from which the contact lenses are dispensed, if required.
        (2) The location, names, and titles of all principal
corporate officers and the person who is responsible for overseeing the dispensing of contact lenses to residents of this State.
        (3) That it complies with all lawful directions and
appropriate requests for information from the appropriate agency of each state in which it is licensed or registered.
        (4) That it will respond directly to all
communications from the Department concerning emergency circumstances arising from the dispensing of contact lenses to residents of this State.
        (5) That it maintains its records of contact lenses
dispensed to residents of this State so that the records are readily retrievable.
        (6) That it cooperates with the Department in
providing information to the appropriate agency of the state in which it is licensed or registered concerning matters related to the dispensing of contact lenses to residents of this State.
        (7) That it conducts business in a manner that
conforms with Section 10 of this Act.
        (8) That it provides a toll-free telephone service
for responding to patient questions and complaints during its regular hours of operation. The toll-free number shall be included in literature provided with mailed contact lenses. All questions relating to eye care for the lenses prescribed shall be referred back to the contact lens prescriber.
        (9) That it provides the following or a substantially
    (b) The Department shall provide a copy of this Act and its rules, and the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987 and its rules, with each application for registration.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

225 ILCS 83/25

    (225 ILCS 83/25)
    Sec. 25. Fees. The Department shall provide by rule for a schedule of fees for the administration and enforcement of this Act. The fees shall be nonrefundable.
    All fees collected under this Act shall be deposited into the General Professions Dedicated Fund and, subject to appropriation, shall be used by the Department for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department in the administration of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-421, eff. 1-1-00.)

225 ILCS 83/30

    (225 ILCS 83/30)
    Sec. 30. Violation; civil penalty.
    (a) Any person who dispenses, offers to dispense, or attempts to dispense contact lenses in violation of this Act or its rules shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $5,000 for each offense as determined by the Department. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    (b) The Department may investigate all violations of this Act.
    (c) The civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The order constitutes a judgment and may be filed and execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record.
(Source: P.A. 91-421, eff. 1-1-00.)

225 ILCS 83/35

    (225 ILCS 83/35)
    Sec. 35. Deposit of civil penalties; appropriations. All of the civil penalties collected under this Act shall be deposited in the General Professions Dedicated Fund. All moneys in the Fund shall be used by the Department, as appropriated, for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Department.
(Source: P.A. 91-421, eff. 1-1-00.)