EyeQue has introduced an app, today, that allows anyone to test their eyesight for presbyopia – a very common age related vision condition.
We reviewed EyeQue Vision Check a couple of years back and found it to be extremely accurate. It allows you to monitor for vision changes with detailed reports, similar to those you’d get from a doctor. It is not a substitute for annual eye-doctor exams but it does offer a way for you to perform quick at-home refractive error tests in-between those visits.
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Since that review, EyeQue has come out with a number of other products. One of these is EyeQue Vision Check 2, the new and improved home vision test. Every aspect of the product has been optimized to include an entirely new form-factor and better test screens. The current EyeQue suite of products includes the EyeQue Vision Monitoring Kit, EyeQue VisionCheck and EyeQue Try-On Glasses
EyeQue AR powered MyReaderNumber app
Now the company has turned its focus to software rather than hardware. Its latest product is a smartphone app called MyReaderNumber. It offers AR technology vision testing for presbyopia.
As we age the ability of our eyes to focus on nearby objects deteriorates. This is presbyopia – where the eyes lose the ability to change shape as easily as they once did. Some 128 million Americans, or more than 1 in 3, are estimated to suffer from the condition. Symptoms typically start over the age of 40 and worsten when you hit 60 and beyond. It is an annoying part of ageing that most people experience.
A simple way of getting around the problem is to use a magnifying lense. Then, of course, you could hold your phone or newspaper further away from you but doing this too often may lead to headaches, dizziness or eye strain.
The best solution is to purchase a pair of reading glasses. But to get these, you need correct measurements for near reading distance (for example, book or smartphone reading) and mid-distance use (working on a computer or iPad). The MyReaderNumber app offers tests allowing you to arrive at these figures, that also takes into account a users age and distance preference.
The AR-based technology utilizes your smartphone’s front-facing camera to capture two distances. Users can then use those measurements to purchase reading glasses that will best fit their individual needs.
The app is registered with the FDA as a Class I medical device with 510(k) exemption. You can download it from the App Store (iOS only – available for iPhone X and newer) from today (February 17th 2022) for a one time $2.99 download fee. The app can be shared with additional users at no extra cost.
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