Online Eye Exams Are Available — Do They Work?

Written by Kristen Fischer
Online eye exams are cheaper and easier than in-office visits, but experts say people still need to go to the eye doctor for more comprehensive tests.

First came the ability to have eyeglasses made online.
Now you can have an eye exam online, too.
The question to focus on is: Are these online eye exams effective?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only half of the estimated 61 million adults in the United States who are at high risk for serious vision loss saw an eye doctor in the past year.
About 14 million Americans aged 12 years and older report that they have a visual impairment defined as distance visual acuity of 20/50 or worse. Among them, more than 11 million could have improved their vision to 20/40 or better if they had refractive correction.

Company Touts Online Eye Exam

Opternative is a new company that offers eye exams online.
After patients take the online eye exam, they receive a physician-approved prescription within 24 hours.
An Opternative eye exam costs $40 for a glasses or contact lens prescription, or $60 for both. The company’s service is available in 29 states.
According to a clinical trial done on 30 people and listed on the company’s website, the Opternative eye exam is just as accurate as a traditional office exam.
Aaron Dallek, chief executive officer and cofounder of Opternative, told Healthline that his service uses the only technology registered with the Food and Drug Administration that provides physician-reviewed prescriptions.

Company Claims Challenged

However, the American Optometric Association (AOA) has challenged the Opternative platform, saying in a statement that the FDA-related claims about the technology are misleading to consumers.

Association officials said they welcome new technology, but they also are concerned about misuse of any new products………

Read more: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/online-eye-exams-are-available-do-they-work-100215#2
Source: Health Line
 

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