You may not need to visit an optician just to get a basic prescription update for your glasses. Warby Parker is trotting out the Virtual Vision Test, a renewal of the Prescription Check app that lets you renew glasses or contact lens prescriptions with just an iPhone and existing glasses. Support your phone, stand 10 meters away, and you can go through a familiar “can you read this” test that will measure whether your glasses or contacts need updating or not.
The update is not automatic. An ophthalmologist will evaluate the results and give you a verdict within two days. If you look good enough, you only have to pay $ 15 to renew the prescription. If you are either struggling or just not qualified to use the app (see below), Warby Parker will recommend that you get a thorough eye examination.
The company is clear that this is not a substitute for your ophthalmologist, and that you must meet certain criteria beyond what we just mentioned. You must be between 1
The approach depends on the iOS ‘Vision Framework to measure your distance from the iPhone and ensure that you are far enough away from a proper test. We asked Warby Parker about an Android version, although it may take a while given that it needs about the same as the Vision Framework.
The motivations behind the Virtual Vision Test are clear – in addition to the renewal fee, this can lead to more people buying Warby Parker glasses and visiting the company’s stores. Either way, it can be very helpful if you either can not take the time to update the prescription or are still dirty about a visit while COVID-19 is still a concern.
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