Opternative

By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2016
(Updated with a statement from the American Optometric Association) Opternative, a Chicago-based digital health company that offers an online refractive eye exam service that helps consumers get prescriptions for glasses or contacts, has teamed up with the Institute of Justice to sue the state of South Carolina, alleging that a new law restricting online eye exams is anticompetitive and...
By Jonah Comstock September 20, 2016
Apple has hired Dr. Mike Evans, a Toronto doctor who boasts 70,000 followers on his medical-themed YouTube channel. Evans was formerly a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. As CBC reported, Evans is a mobile health enthusiast who has talked on his YouTube show about a future in which he might precribe an Apple Watch app for high blood pressure. Apple doesn't typically comment on...
By Heather Mack August 3, 2016
Here are all the digital health deals, partnerships, and customer wins that MobiHealthNews has tracked over the past two weeks.   UK-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline partnered with South San Francisco-based Verily to create Galvani Bioelectronics – a joint venture to develop implantable bioelectric medicines, a branch of medicine that works to fight diseases by targeting electrical...
By Heather Mack August 1, 2016
Chicago-based Opternative, makers of a web and smartphone-based eye exam, has partnered with contact lens provider 1-800-Contacts to launch InstaRx, an online service that allows existing patients to update their prescriptions without seeing an eye doctor in-person. The partnership with 1-800-Contacts comes about a year after Opternative launched a stand-alone eye exam, which uses both a computer...
By Aditi Pai May 18, 2016
Update: Governor Haley's veto was overturned by an overwhelming vote from the state legislature. The Senate voted 39 to 3 to overide the veto while the house voted 98 to 1. Opternative has now ceased operations in South Carolina. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley vetoed a bill earlier this year that would prevent South Carolina residents from obtaining a glasses or contact lens prescription...
By Jonah Comstock April 5, 2016
Smartphone-based eye exams, the province of a growing number of digital health startups, has caught the attention of the American Optometric Association, who penned a letter to the FDA yesterday asking that the agency impose stricter guidance on Opternative, a smartphone-based eye exam startup that raised $6 million earlier this year. Politico first spotted the news. Opternative is registered...
By Aditi Pai March 3, 2016
So far this year, the digital health funding that MobiHealthNews tracked has surpassed $600 million. In January, digital health companies raised $471 million across 21 deals. This month, funding reached $197 million across 13 deals, although one of those deals was for an undisclosed amount. More than half of February's funding came from one big deal: MindMaze raised $100 million. An honorary...
February 19, 2016
Opternative, an optometry-focused telemedicine service that lets users get their prescriptions online after taking an app- and website-based vision test, has raised $6 million in first round funding, bringing the company's total funding to $9.5 million. Jump Capital led the round with additional participation from Tribeca Venture Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Chicago Ventures, Craig...
By Aditi Pai July 28, 2015
Chicago-based Opternative has launched an online refractive eye exam service that helps consumers get prescriptions for glasses or contacts. According to the company, the offering is registered with the FDA as a Class I device. Consumers access Opternative's service on the web via desktop. Opternative asks users a few questions, like when their most recent eye exam was, and then takes the user...
By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2013
Learn It Live's Alere-branded offering. Healthbox has announced its seventh class of health startups and its second class in its home city of Chicago. The new class is sponsored by State Farm, and a number of hospitals and health systems in the midwest are partnering with Healthbox, namely St. Louis-based Ascension Health's Chicago-based health ministry; Alexian Brothers Health System;...