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Online Vision Tests: Cause For Concern?

Posted by Optipak_Admin | March 03, 2017

As a supplier of contact lenses and contact lens cases, your customers good eye health will be of the utmost importance to you and they’ll no doubt come to you for advice and guidance on it. Therefore, it’s good to educate yourself on any matters which might come up in conversation, and in coming years, this new topic is sure to get tongues wagging.

According to Fox32
, a US company has set up a new online vision test, which works by connecting your phone to your computer, asking questions and testing your sight with certain visual cues. It will then sell you a prescription based on the results.

For the customer to whom booking an eye test is an unwelcome chore, this might sound like the perfect remedy, as well as offering an alternative for regular re-testing to check if your eyesight, and therefore your prescription, has changed.

Currently, this service, called Opternative, is available in 39 of the 50 United States, and is a concept that’s growing in popularity.

However, critics of the technology say that it is no comparison to a professional eye test. Dr. Eric Baas, ophthalmologist with the Illinois College of Optometry, is concerned about the tests missing serious eye conditions: “This test doesn’t even cover one single element of the 12 elements that make up a comprehensive eye exam which opens the door for the potential to miss potential sight threatening diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts.”

Many customers have been happy with the service, and whether it makes an impact in the UK or not is yet to be seen.