Vision Prescription

$10 / year

The Vision Prescription resource is intended to support the information requirements for a prescription for glasses and contact lenses for a patient. Corrective optical lenses are considered a controlled substance and therefore a prescription is typically required for the provision of patient-specific lenses.


Vision prescriptions may only be issued by providers who have optical diagnosis within their scope of practice, typically ophthalmologists and optometrists. The prescription is a time-limited, typically two years, authorization for the provision of an unlimited number of lenses, glasses or contacts, which conform to the authorized specification by providers which have lens provision within their scope of practice, typically ophthalmologists , optometrists and opticians.

Health insurers typically require a copy of the prescription to ensure that a vision professional has examined the patient and that the power of the lenses exceeds some minimum, such as +- 0.75 diopters, to qualify for reimbursement under the insurance coverage.

The VisionPrescription resource is used to provide the authorized specification of lenses for glasses and contacts which have well known and internationally consistent requirements, which is distinct from other types of health care authorizations detailed below:

– The VisionPrescription resource is used to provide the authorized specification of lenses for glasses and contacts.
– This resource is used to prescribe, authorize, and request provision of a health care device such as a halter monitor or a wheelchair services.
– This resource is used to prescribe, authorize, and request provision of medications such a pharmaceuticals and vaccines.
– This resource is used to prescribe, authorize, and request provision of health care services such as consultative or rehabilitative services.

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United States


John Snow Labs; Health Level Seven International;

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FHIR, HL7, Medical Terminology, Processes Data, Processes Information, Processes Documentation, Health Information Exchange, Electronic Health Records, FHIR Smart, Smart on FHIR

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FHIR Account Resource, Electronic Health Records Exchange Through FHIR

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DescriptionA free text natural language description of the structure and its usestring-
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RequiredThe value of the keyword should be an array of unique strings. The data object to be valid should contain all properties with names equal to the elements in the keyword value.string-
ConstThe value of this keyword can be anything. The data is valid if it is deeply equal to the value of the keyword.string-
Concept NameComputer Ready NameTypeDollar RefDescriptionItemsEnumRequiredConst
VisionPrescriptionresourceTypeThis is a VisionPrescription resourceVisionPrescription
VisionPrescriptionid#/definitions/idThe logical id of the resource as used in the URL for the resource. Once assigned this value never changes.
VisionPrescriptionmeta#/definitions/MetaThe metadata about the resource. This is content that is maintained by the infrastructure. Changes to the content might not always be associated with version changes to the resource.
VisionPrescriptionimplicitRules#/definitions/uriA reference to a set of rules that were followed when the resource was constructed and which must be understood when processing the content. Often this is a reference to an implementation guide that defines the special rules along with other profiles etc.
VisionPrescription_implicitRules#/definitions/ElementExtensions for implicitRules
VisionPrescriptionlanguage#/definitions/codeThe base language in which the resource is written.
VisionPrescription_language#/definitions/ElementExtensions for language
VisionPrescriptiontext#/definitions/NarrativeA human-readable narrative that contains a summary of the resource and can be used to represent the content of the resource to a human. The narrative need not encode all the structured data but is required to contain sufficient detail to make it "clinically safe" for a human to just read the narrative. Resource definitions may define what content should be represented in the narrative to ensure clinical safety.
VisionPrescriptioncontainedarrayThese resources do not have an independent existence apart from the resource that contains them - they cannot be identified independently and nor can they have their own independent transaction scope.{'$ref': '#/definitions/ResourceList'}
VisionPrescriptionextensionarrayMay be used to represent additional information that is not part of the basic definition of the resource. To make the use of extensions safe and manageable there is a strict set of governance applied to the definition and use of extensions. Though any implementer can define an extension there is a set of requirements that SHALL be met as part of the definition of the extension.{'$ref': '#/definitions/Extension'}
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