The EyeQue VisionCheck is a new and easy to use refractometer. It connects with a smartphone and measures a person’s pupillary distance (PD), refractive error (how near-sighted or far-sighted a person is) and astigmatism. The PD tool, PDCheck, built into the device is patent-pending and can accurately decipher a person’s PD in seconds.
Simply launch the app on a smartphone, attach the device and look through it. The user then uses the touch sensor buttons to perform a set of actions to line up a red and green line and the reading is made. There is also the option to use voice guidance if needed.
The results are formatted in the same way as a usual prescription, which can then be used to order spectacles online. The results can estimate a person’s near-vision add (NV ADD+) which is required when buying reading or progressive glasses too.
EyeQue has been conscious with regards to the privacy and security of the user’s information. As a result, they use HIPAA compliant processes and cloud storage for all the EGNs and data captured.
EyeQue the startup company behind EyeQue VisionCheck’s development, based its design on their first product called EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker. This first device was launched on Kickstarter and Indiegogo in 2017. Since this time, the technology which they have developed has garnered unparalleled accuracy and praise from many users. EyeQue has also won two CES Innovations Awards in 2017 and 2019.
Not only is the device simple to use, it is cost effective. The initial cost for the device will be between $29.99 and $89.99. The products are then supported by an annual membership which starts at $4.99. When compared to standard visits with optometrists in the USA, this is quite a saving.
Importantly, as a person’s vision can fluctuate over the course of a day; having the device on hand to check and take multiple readings enables an improved average refraction to be obtained. The technology powering VisionCheck has been rigorously tested by more than 12,000 users over a two-year period. Furthermore, it has been optimized to give excellent refraction values for ordering spectacles.
Clinicians in this field have been impressed with the device and see it as a complementary addition to the other analytical tools already available. It must be noted however that this device does not assess eye health, therefore a trip to the eye doctor shouldn’t be avoided entirely just yet.