Eye Test Innovators vs The Bottleneckers
36,978 views Apr 19, 2022
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Need glasses? Going to an optometrist can be a pain and waste the better part of a day. So a company, Opternative, invented an at-home test.
It’s cheaper and more convenient than traditional eye exams. You just need a cell phone and a computer.
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But the American Optometric Association wants it banned. They say “it poses significant health risks to consumers” because “it relies on new, self-administered tests” rather than “assessment by an eye care professional.”
Is this new eye test dangerous? Or is it a cheap and efficient eye care alternative?
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Well, when first I heard of it, I thought about my last eye exam. It was done by an ophthalmologist; not an optometrist. He scanned my retina. Reminded me to stay on my RX for high blood pressure that he’d detected more than a decade ago. As well as, noting that my cataracts had not progressed any further.
So there is a fine point on this. Although I’m not sure what an “assessment by an eye care professional” would mean if that “professional” is an optometrist?
YMMV, I recommend seeing an ophthalmologist for your annual exam. It may cost more but it could save your sight and even your life.