An annual visit to the eye doctor is a regular part of life for anyone that struggles with poor vision. But what if it didn’t need to be? With today’s smartphone technology, impactful telehealth solutions are becoming more realistic. That includes tech that keeps people from needing to visit the eye doctor just to get a prescription for glasses.
A company called EyeQue is showing off its VisionCheck 2 system as part of CES 2021. The accessory works with a smartphone to perform vision testing at home. Consumers can utilize the device to get a prescription for eyeglasses and then order them online through one of many convenient services. EyeQue was named a CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree in two categories—health and wellness as well as mobile devices and accessories—for the system.
While products like these might not catch on for some time they do demonstrate the power of telehealth.
Everything at Home
EyeQue claims that its at-home vision tester is the most powerful smartphone-based system on the market today. The device attaches to a user’s phone and works with an accompanying mobile app, Digital Trends notes.
From there, users are able to quickly get measurements for things like refractive error and pupillary distance. The test itself is fairly straight forward. While looking into the device, the person taps buttons to move two lines closer together. Once they form one solid line, EyeQue’s algorithms determine the refractive error value based on how far the lines moved.
Users must complete a total of three tests to verify the results before the VisionCheck 2 system gives them their “EyeGlass Numbers” in the app. In essence, these work as a prescription that can be used to place an order for glasses. There are a number of online retailers that sell prescription glasses. As such, once a user gets their EyeGlass Number, they can place an order for a new pair entirely online.
That’s much more convenient than making a trip to the eye doctor simply to get a new prescription. Of course, it’s worth noting that VisionCheck 2 can’t entirely replace routine eye exams. For instance, optometrists also screen for conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration while performing a vision test.
While users may still need to visit the eye doctor on occasion, VisionCheck 2 ensures that they don’t need to do so every time their vision changes.
Health tech is having a huge moment right now thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the sector is still in its infancy with many consumers hesitant to fully embrace telehealth solutions.
EyeQue’s VisionCheck 2 system is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Those interested in the at-home vision screening tool will need to buy the device as well as a subscription. The latter grants access to unlimited vision testing, data from those tests, and EyeQue’s various tools and resources.
VisionCheck 2 is almost ready to launch. The company plans to start shipping units in May 2021. Those who want to check their vision at home don’t have much longer to wait.