You may not need to visit an optometrist just to get a basic prescription update for your glasses. Warby Parker it’s trotted out Virtual Vision Test, a renewal of its Prescription Check app that allows you to renew your glasses or contact lens prescriptions using only an iPhone and your existing glasses. Pick up your phone, stand 10 meters away and you can walk through a famous “you can read this” test that will assess whether your glasses or contacts need updating or not.
The update is not automatic. An ophthalmologist will examine the results and give you a verdict in two days. If you look good enough, just pay $ 15 to renew your prescription. If you are struggling or just not eligible to use the app (see below), Warby Parker will recommend that you take a thorough eye exam.
The company is clear that this is not a replacement for your ophthalmologist, and that you must meet certain criteria beyond what we have just mentioned. You should be between 18 and 65 years old, with no existing eye health problems and a single vision distance prescription.
The approach is based on iOS ’Vision Framework to measure your distance from your iPhone and ensure you’re far enough away from a proper test. We asked Warby Parker for an Android version, although it might take a bit of data that would require an approximate equivalent to Vision Framework.
The motivations behind the Virtual Vision Test are clear – in addition to the renewal fee, this could lead to more people buying Warby Parker glasses and visiting the company’s stores. However, it could be very helpful if you can’t make the time to update your prescription or are always scared about a visit while COVID-19 remains a concern.
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