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Warby Parker Unveils ‘Prescription Check’ Smartphone App

Warby Parker’s new Prescription Check is a mobile refraction service available for computer and smartphones that allows the user to check if their prescription has changed.

A short introductory video on Warby Parker’s website explains that the approximately 20-minute long vision test requires a phone, computer, a credit card (for measurement purposes) and a room with about 12 feet of space.

The results of the vision test will be sent to an eye doctor affiliated with Warby Parker, who can approve the prescription if it is unchanged or recommend a comprehensive eye exam. Warby Parker’s website emphasizes that the refraction test is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam from an eye doctor.

Initially only customers residing in the states of California, New York, Virginia and Florida are eligible, and only if they have no history of eye disease and if they have a prescription with sphere power between 0 and -6.0 diopters and cylinder between 0 and -2.0 diopters.

Warby Parker announces that they have plans to increase the number of eligible states and customers “soon.”

The technology in the Prescription Check app is similar to the controversial online vision tests developed by Opternative, and according to TechCrunch Warby Parker had considered buying the technology before deciding to build their own.

More information: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/23/warby-parker-prescription-check/

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