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Warby Parker Rolls Out Free Virtual Vision Test To Get Your Eyes Checked At Home

by rrollins, July 22, 2021

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With businesses adapting to the digital scape, makeup swatching and clothes and underwear fittings have all gone online. Next up is this free ‘Virtual Vision Test’ by eyewear retailer Warby Parker, a timely addition as the company prepares to go public.

An update to its existing Prescription Check tool, the app-based Warby Parker Virtual Vision Test app relies on Apple’s profound AI Vision Framework to read distances and bring eye charts to your living space. Warby Parker stresses that the feature is in no way a substitute for a visit to the optometrist, but if your eyesight hasn’t changed drastically, you wouldn’t need a full-length exam just to renew your glasses or contact lens prescriptions. You could do that at home, without booking an appointment.

The Virtual Vision Test takes about 15 minutes to complete, including an eligibility test and one that simulates eye charts at the doctor’s. Here, your iPhone will serve as the chart, while you’ll be asked to stand 10 feet away to read the characters.

But you won’t get an instant analysis. After your home test is done, a qualified eye doctor will look at your results and either optionally renew your prescription for US$15 or recommend a more thorough check.

The test also isn’t for everyone; it’s designed for users aged 18 to 65 years old who see fine with their existing glasses or contact lenses. Those who aren’t eligible, or face eye health concerns, are urged to book an appointment for an eye exam instead.

Due to its framework, the Virtual Vision Test is currently available for iOS users on iPhone 6s and newer. No word on whether there’ll be an Android version yet.

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