With this Warby Parker app, your iPhone is your eye test


Warby Parker is updating its vision-testing iPhone app in a giant manner. It may well now carry out an eye test requiring solely 10 ft of house, 10 minutes, and good lighting. It’s additionally solely $15 and is out there in 29 states.

The app, which is altering its title from Prescription Examine to Virtual Vision Test, renews prescriptions for anybody 18 to 65 years outdated with a single-vision distance prescription and no eye well being issues. Customers fill out a fast, five-minute questionnaire, then prop up the iPhone and stand 10 ft away with their present prescription glasses or contact lenses on. Because the telephone exhibits a collection of letters, the consumer reads them out and the telephone app will file the responses. Inside two days, a physician opinions the outcomes and both approves or asks the individual to get an in-person examination. Customers will likely be charged for the test provided that they can renew their prescription. Sadly, it’s nonetheless not out there for Android customers.

Warby Parker is identified for its tech savvy. The corporate, which obtained its begin in e-commerce, has lengthy provided the flexibility to attempt on glasses “just about.” Cofounder and co-CEO Dave Gilboa says the pandemic helped push the corporate to replace its earlier imaginative and prescient test. “The truth that we needed to shut all of our shops for a few months final yr and we have been proscribing site visitors within the variety of sufferers in our eye-exam rooms and different eye medical doctors’ places of work have been closed across the nation—that was extra impetus to supply these kinds of merchandise,” he says. 

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Warby Parker launched its Prescription Examine app in 2017. Initially, it was a 20-minute test that required 20 ft of distance, an iPhone, and a laptop computer. It additionally value $40. To create its new, improved imaginative and prescient test, a workforce of engineers at Warby Parker developed an algorithm that estimates distance, utilizing Apple’s Vision framework, in order that the app is aware of when an individual is standing far sufficient away. It would additionally now be capable to replace prescriptions for contact lenses in addition to glasses. (Since introducing its first eye-check app, the corporate has expanded into contacts with its Scout model.)


The brand new app not solely cuts down on the time it takes to get a renewed prescription but additionally affords a extra seamless expertise. Nonetheless, it is nonetheless not a complete imaginative and prescient test. If Warby Parker’s eye medical doctors assume your prescription might have to alter, they’ll recommend you see your common eye physician for a full examination, one thing that the corporate itself affords at 91 places.

Finally, with enhancements in digicam know-how and synthetic intelligence, the corporate want to increase the sorts of telehealth exams it could actually supply. “Over time there could also be extra digital diagnostic capabilities that may be performed from house utilizing units which might be normal in individuals’s pockets or house,” Gilboa says. “We wish to be on the forefront of that.”