Has anyone else postponed their annual eye exam due to the pandemic? Yes, I thought so, but now you don’t even have to go to the optometrist anymore, thanks to Warby Parker’s revamped telehealth app. The only catch? You will need an iPhone because it uses Apple’s Vision Framework technology.
New Virtual vision test by Warby Parker makes it easy for anyone to renew their glasses or contact lens prescriptions in less than ten minutes. You’ll need an iPhone 6s or newer to do this, but the good news is you don’t need to find a ruler or any other tool to measure things like your pupillary distance.
Warby Parker only asks that you be between the ages of 18 and 65, have no eye health issues, and can see well with your existing single vision prescription. You cannot use the app for bifocal or progressive lenses, so you will always have to go to the optometrist for these.
The test is in two parts, a short five-minute eligibility check and a five-minute vision test that mimics the reading graphics section of an in-person test.
Then, a qualified ophthalmologist will review your results and renew your prescription (which will cost you $ 15) or recommend that you have a full eye exam in person (in which case you will not be charged).
It should probably be pointed out that this app is intended for those who already have a vision prescription and not for those who do not already wear glasses.
It is also not intended to replace in-person visits when you think you have a vision problem that is not covered by your glasses. Still, it’s nice that you can skip some in-person tours.