Where Online Eye Exams Fall Short
What Is An Online Eye Exam?
The purpose of an online eye exam is to give the user their prescription for corrective lenses from the comfort of their own home. Some tests can even include exams for color blindness and contrast sensitivity. Many of these sites will have licensed eye doctors verify the results, but these the results aren’t always accurate. In fact, the exams are so rudimentary compared to in-person comprehensive eye exams that the FDA may not continue to allow websites offering this service to use the phrase “eye exams” to describe what they do.
Online Eye Exams Leave You Vulnerable
Most online eye exams do little more than check for visual acuity—in other words, they do just enough to get you a prescription. But problems with visual acuity aren’t the only things that can go wrong with your eyesight or with the health of your eyes. Anyone who relies solely on online eye exams might be able to keep their glasses prescription up to date, but they won’t know if they’re developing any sight-threatening eye conditions, such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, or macular degeneration.
The Advantages Of An In-Person Exam
So what do optometrists do that an app or website can’t? In-person eye exams come with the benefit of having an experienced medical professional right there with you in a fully equipped exam room. Your optometrist doesn’t simply update your prescription, they make sure your eyes are healthy. Your eyes are also the window to your overall health. This means that when your optometrist looks at your retinas, they can see the signs of health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
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