Smart Vision Labs Surveys Corporate Employees on the Shortcomings of Vision Care in the Workplace

Study uncovers significant deficiencies impacting workplace productivity, pointing to on-site vision exams and telemedicine as possible solutions to the shortcomings of vision care in the workplace

New York, NY ­–­ September 28, 2016 –­­ Smart Vision Labs (, creators of mobile vision testing devices and the 5-minute Smart Vision Exam, today released a report on the shortcomings of vision care in the workplace and how telemedicine can conveniently assist employees with vision issues on-site. In Smart Vision Labs’ Benefits of Onsite Corporate Screenings report, companies gain insight into vision care trends among employees, how vision impairments affect workplace productivity and if telemedicine solutions, like on-site vision examinations, can impact employee wellness.

From 2015-2016, Smart Vision Labs conducted on-site vision exams in corporations, schools and wellness fairs and surveyed over 1,700 employees. Smart Vision Labs discovered that among the participants over the age 16, a quarter of them didn’t know they had a vision issue or needed updated corrective lenses — or would otherwise fail a DMV test. Not surprisingly, of the 72% of patients who had vision insurance, 63% have not had an eye exam in over three years.

The top reasons why employees hadn’t utilized their vision insurance were due to time constraints, unfamiliarity with vision tests or lack of education on the importance of eye health evaluations.

“In the workplace, employers are beginning to see the direct relationship between health and productivity. Vision insurance offerings are not enough, as most are not utilizing their benefits,” said Yaopeng Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Smart Vision Labs. “Our findings point to the obvious need for addressing vision problems in the workplace and we hope to see more employers take a proactive approach to ensuring that every employee has access to proper eyewear, smart refractive technologies and regular vision screenings.”

Smart Vision Labs’ findings echo a report from Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), which noted increased computer usage and time spent on screens contribute to nearly 80% of employees who experience visual disturbances. Additionally, a study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry noted that there is a direct correlation between proper vision correction and the required time for workers to perform tasks, especially with computers.

Furthermore, Smart Vision Labs’ survey provides valuable insights on how companies can encourage better eye health among employees, such as incorporating wellness and telemedicine perks into benefit schemes and implementing preventative measures that address vision-related issues before it becomes a significant problem.

“All of the feedback we received was positive and many employees were appreciative of the convenience of being able to receive an eye exam in the office,” said Adam Jiang, Compensation & Benefits Manager at Compass. “The survey results we received showed that over half of the staff that participated had not received a vision exam in the prior 2 years.”

To download a free copy of Smart Vision Labs’ Benefits of Onsite Corporate Screenings report, please visit:

To learn more about Smart Vision Labs or how to bring vision testing to your company, please email

About Smart Vision Labs

Smart Vision Labs is transforming vision care through innovative technologies. A leader in wavefront refraction systems, Smart Vision Labs leverages telemedicine to provide access to eyeglass prescriptions anywhere, anytime. More than 500 doctors across 23 countries are using Smart Vision Labs’ mobile autorefractor, and with the help of global optical partners, the company has performed over 40,000 to date. For more information, please visit:

This fall, Smart Vision Labs will be conducting vision screening in NYC schools delivering on the mission to provide improved vision to as many people as possible.

If you are interested in providing the Smart Vision Exam technology in your store contact


How the Eyes Work - Smart Vision Labs

How the Eyes Work (or Not!)

For centuries, people have created ideas about how the eyes work and how vision happens. Several ancient civilizations made up elaborate stories about the eyes in an effort to understand the amazing ability of sight.

The Romans and Greeks thought that invisible rays were emitted from the eyes and caused a person to see images. The Chinese thought that dark quartz lenses would allow a person to see through objects and have excellent night vision. While these are interesting ideas that may have fueled the world of science fiction, they are far from the truth.

Eyesight is amazing, yet there is a straightforward explanation of how vision works.

  • Light enters through the cornea which is the outermost part of the eye.
  • The cornea bends the light rays so that they pass through the pupil to the lens.
  • The lens focuses the light onto the retina, which is located on the back surface of the eye.
  • The retina transforms the light rays into an electrical impulse and sends it to the brain through the optic nerve.
  • From this information, the brain constructs a high resolution, three-dimensional image that we ‘see.’

Although this process has been demonstrated to work well, problems with vision can occur. The most common types of problems are known as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. These conditions are called refractive errors and happen when the curvature of the eye stops the light rays from focusing directly on the retina.

The good news is that a vision exam can detect these abnormalities and a person can receive a prescription for corrective lenses.

For instance, in the case of nearsightedness, the light rays focus in front of the retina, rather than directly on it. Corrective lenses will bend the light rays to cause the correct focus. Farsightedness occurs when the light is focused behind the retina and, once again, lenses with the correct amount of curve will remedy this problem.

And that’s the key: determining if you have a vision abnormality and then addressing it with the right prescription.

You can have this information in as little as 5 minutes if you go to a provider who offers Smart Vision Exams. The exam starts by asking you a few questions about your overall health and your eyes. A scan of your eyes will be taken as well as photos. All of this data will be sent to a licensed doctor who will email you the results within 24 hours.

If you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have an astigmatism issue, a prescription for corrective lenses will be written up. The right lens for your specific type of vision problem will allow the light rays to be focused directly on the retina, thereby making a clearer image for you to see.

Yes, vision is extraordinary but it’s also perfectly explainable. By determining how your eyes focus the light rays that enter through the pupil, a vision exam can diagnose and then offer a remedy for improvement.

There is no need to create a fantastic account of how the eyes work, like the ancient Romans and Greeks did. All you need is a 5-minute Smart Vision Exam.

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Vision Statistics - Smart Vision Labs

Don't Become One of These Vision Statistics

Vision Statistics

Could you be missing out on perfect vision? A study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that 14 million Americans have vision problems. The good news is that 11 million of these people have a vision impairment that is not only easily treated, but is correctable to 20/40 or better.

About half of American adults who don’t have 20/20 vision are being affected by refractive errors, a study from the National Eye Institute (NEI) found out. The way vision works, when a light ray enters the eye it bends as it travels through the cornea and lens and ends up focusing on the retina. Refractive errors occur when the light coming into the eye doesn’t get bent to focus on the retina properly.

They can be caused by a change in the cornea’s shape, the eyeball itself being too short or long, or an effect of the aging process. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia are all types of refractive errors. Getting a vision exam will determine which one and how much correction needs to be done so the person can have the best eyesight possible.

Near or farsighted?

The most common vision impairment in the US is nearsightedness, or myopia. Around 41 percent of Americans suffer from this form of poor vision. These people have trouble seeing things that are far away, such as signs on a road or the chalkboard in a classroom. Regular vision testing can diagnose this issue as soon as possible while also eliminating other problems associated with myopia, such as headaches caused by eye strain and squinting.

The opposite vision problem is called hyperopia, or farsightedness. About 25 percent of people have difficulty seeing objects near to their eyes. They may also experience headaches, eye strain, or squinting when they are doing close work, such as reading a book or using a computer. This vision issue can also be easily remedied with corrective lenses as soon as the person receives their results from a vision exam. They may even only need to wear glasses for reading.

Or both?

Most people actually have a bit of astigmatism. A person with astigmatism has trouble seeing objects at any distance – both near and far away subjects appear blurry to them. They may notice eye strain and headaches after any task requiring a lot of eye focusing, such as reading, and have trouble driving at night. Regular vision tests will detect when one’s vision needs correction.

Aging Vision 

Over one billion people around the world experience some degree of presbyopia, the refractive error seen as a person gets older. Unlike nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, this condition happens when the lens of the eye becomes unable to change shape enough to keep close objects in focus. The loss of elasticity in the lens is due to aging. Because people with this eye problem have trouble seeing objects they are holding close, they may stretch their arm out to read labels or hold a book farther away than they used to. Like with other refractive errors, people who have it could notice more frequent headaches and eye strain before they complete a vision exam and receive the appropriate prescription lenses.

Vision Exam

A 5-minute Smart Vision Exam is all it takes to determine if you need corrective lenses, especially if you notice blurry vision or catch yourself squinting. You first answer a few questions about your eyes and health history*. Then, your eyes will be scanned as you simply find the red light. A few images of your eyes will also be taken. All this information is sent to a licensed eye doctor who will review them and report back your results through email within 24 hours. If you do need prescription lenses, they will be available to you behind a secure login and you can take your time picking out just the right pair of glasses.

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*The American Optometric Association recommends a comprehensive eye exam every two years.



No Stress Vision Exams

Are you putting off a vision exam because you don’t want the hassle of scheduling an appointment? Do you hate sitting around in the waiting room reading old copies of Newsweek and wondering what’s taking so long for your turn to see the doctor? Or maybe you just don’t like the whole process of having your vision examined. If you nodded your head at any of these objections, maybe you should see the new look of vision exams.

No Appointment Necessary

If you visit one of the Smart Vision Exams providers you do not need to make an appointment. That’s because this technology is designed around two important principles:

  • Your time is important.
  • Vision exams are important.

When you put those two ideas together, you have the face of the future: you can get your vision checked when you have time without having to juggle or rearrange other commitments.

A 5-Minute Vision Exam

Yes, the exam takes about five minutes. This is possible because of the technology used. Efficiency and accuracy are built into the 5-minute vision exam*. It starts by asking you a few simple questions about your eyes and general health. Then, your eyes will be scanned using the same type of technology designed for LASIK procedures.

Photos of your eyes will be taken to generate data on nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism issues you may have. All of this information from this exam will be reviewed by a licensed doctor who will email you the results within 24 hours.

The total time for all of this is about 5 minutes.

The benefit from this 5-minute exam lasts a lot longer.  These few minutes of your time can benefit you every day thereafter allowing you to see clearly.

Vision Exams are Not Invasive

If you are putting off a vision exam because you don’t feel comfortable with the process, visit a provider for a 5-minute vision exam. This requires you to answer a few questions and to have your eyes scanned and photographed. The technology used is able to accurately examine your eyes and collect all the necessary data required to determine your glasses prescription.

This information is then sent to a qualified and licensed eye doctor who will review the data and write a prescription for glasses if needed. You will have the results of your exam in 24 hours and conveniently sent to your email.

Smart Vision Labs has listened to the objections of people who put off having a vision exam and have made the entire process easy and accurate. If you are reluctant to having your eyes checked because you find it hard to make an appointment, or you feel uncomfortable with a long procedure staring at eye charts on a wall, consider visiting a provider offering Smart Vision Exams.

The future of the vision exam is just 5 minutes away.

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*The American Optometric Association recommends a comprehensive eye exam every two years.

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Myopia, or nearsightedness, may actually have a closer connection to your education level than your genetics. A study conducted by the University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany found that instances and degrees of myopia increased with each year a person spent in school and with the highest level of education they reached. Read more

Vision Exams and Eye Health

The Smart Vision Labs mission is to improve life by providing convenient vision exams to anyone, regardless of locations. It could be someone living in the New York City, or someone living the rural village of India. In the former case, we are providing the “5-minute vision test” , in the latter case, we are providing an accessible vision test with our mobile refraction device, by working with eye healthcare professionals.

The reason we can make our service available as a global solution, is due to the leverage and power of smartphone connectivity, computation power, and imaging ability. We packed several eye measurements into one device, and allow eye healthcare professionals to access those measurement data points though the cloud at remote locations.

Smart Vision Labs Measures Visual Acuity, Pupillary Distance, and Refraction Error.Data collected: Visual Acuity (corrected vision if patients wear prescription, uncorrected vision if patients don’t wear corrective lenses), Pupillary Distance, and Refraction Error.

Target Audience: Health adults between ages 18 and 60, without known history of ophthalmic pathology.

We not only provide the most convenient vision test for eyeglass prescriptions, but use this opportunity to educate the public about eye health through our process. The following examples are real patients.

The first patient is a young healthy 18 years old without any known pathology problem with her eyes. She is hoping to get her first pair eyeglasses at Visual Optique, one of our partner stores in NYC which offers Smart Vision Exams. In the exam notes, the store operator recorded that patient has dry eye and occasional headaches. When these data points were reviewed by Smart Vision Eye Doctors, they made the correct judgement by referring her to see an eye doctor for a dilated eye exam. Although she did not get her vision corrected, she received valuable information on her eye health and actionable instruction.

Smart Vision Labs refers customers for full eye health exam based on data points collectedThe key step in the above case is the exam notes. Since our distribution channel is through traditional optical stores,  patients actually have a chance to express their concern and observation, and the information is collected through experienced opticians or technicians.

The 2nd case is a 48 years old came to our office for renewing an eyeglass prescription. She has a history of diabetes and hypertension. Instead of adjusting her existing prescription, our eye doctor decided to refer her to see a specialist for a dilated eye exam.

Eye Health and Smart Vision ExamsThe Smart Vision Exams process is designed by eye doctors and used by eye doctors. We believe not only can we can help more people gain access to vision correction, but also educate and inform our patient base about eye health issues.

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