Blurry and Cloudy Vision - Smart Vision Labs

Is Blurry and Cloudy Vision the Same Thing?

People who have difficulty seeing may describe their vision as appearing “blurry” or “cloudy.” Although these terms may seem to be interchangeable, in terms of eye health and assessing vision, they can be due to very different causes.

Blurry vs. Cloudy Vision

Blurry vision means the object the person is looking at appears to be out of focus. You might feel that squinting will make the object clearer. It is similar to how the image on a camera may look before adjusting the lenses or giving it a moment to focus on the subject.

Cloudy vision is when something appears to be in front of the eye, distorting the vision. It may seem like there is a film on your eyes and you feel almost as if you can blink or wipe it away. Looking through a smudged pair of glasses or out a window on a foggy morning are better analogies for cloudy vision.

Common Causes

While both of these vision problems can mean many things, the most common causes of each signal different issues.

Blurry vision tends to indicate the person has a refractive error. Vision works when light that is coming into your eyes gets directed onto the retina. To do this, your eyes change shape, depending on whether you are looking at something close up or far away. When this doesn’t happen, it is called a refractive error.

Nearsightedness and farsightedness are both refractive errors. If a person is farsighted, things near to them will appear blurry while the opposite is true for those with nearsightedness. There are other refractive errors as well. Astigmatism is when both near and far things are blurry. Presbyopia is like farsightedness but occurs when the eye loses its elasticity due to the natural aging process.

Blurry vision caused by refractive errors are corrected simply with prescription lenses. If you have no other known medical problems but are experiencing blurry vision, a vision exam is in order.

On the other hand, cloudy vision is most commonly caused due to cataracts forming. Cataracts form due to the body’s aging process. As cells from the lens of your eye die, they gather into spots. The eye makes new cells to replace the lost ones. These new cells grow over the areas of old cells, pushing the old cells together into the center of the lens. The result is a cataract.

Cataracts result in gradual vision loss so they may not be noticed right away. It eventually turns the person’s vision cloudy and yellowish. The only way to fix them is through surgery. Cataract surgery is both a common and routinely successful procedure. If you have other eye or health issues along with cataracts, you should discuss your options for treatment with your doctor as these may cause complications with the surgery.

Other Causes

Both blurry vision and cloudy vision are related to many other health issues as well. Blurry vision could be due to dry eye syndrome or irritation from wearing contact lenses too long. Certain medications have side effects of blurred vision.

Cataracts and cloudy vision can have multiple causes. There are some medications, namely types of steroids, which may cause cataracts to form. Cloudy vision can develop as a result of an injury to the cornea, the clear outside layer of the eye. Diabetes can also, less commonly, cause clouded vision.

Because so many issues related to blurry and cloudy vision are medical, it is important to get a vision exam and have a talk with your doctor. Both of these are necessary to keeping your vision in working order.
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NASA discovery leads to technology advancements in vision care - Smart Vision Labs and Wavefront Technology

Wavefront Technology is the Wave of the Future

Originally developed for use in LASIK surgery, wavefront technology is proving itself valuable in other areas of telemedicine. Specifically, it can be used as an alternative to a traditional vision exam.

What happens when wavefront tech is used for a vision exam? For the person experiencing it, it is just a light that shines into their eyes. But what the light is really doing is why it may be the future of vision exams, replacing the eye chart and refractor, (the machine they place in front of your face which contains many different lenses of varying strengths).

After the waves of light go into the eye, some bounce back through the pupil. Wavefront analyzer software measures these waves and creates an image showing how the light traveled in the eye. When the rays bounce back and show imperfections, the images are called aberrations. These are translated into a formula which shows the correction necessary for that eye.

Wavefront technology allows the results of a vision exam to be objective, rather than subjective. For example, most people can picture themselves sitting in their eye doctor’s office and looking through the refractor at an eye chart. The doctor asks, “Which looks better? One or two?” They flip a switch, a new lens comes into place, and the eye chart on the wall looks either clearer or blurrier.

Maybe the first few answers are even really obvious. But what should you say when they really do look the same? Do you just pick one? Do you say they look the same? But what if they are different and you just can’t tell? You are there for an exam, after all. Most people who have had a traditional vision exam can relate to this train of thought.

Using wavefront technology for vision exams takes the guesswork out of the picture for the patient. The light that shines into the person’s eyes creates a reading which shows the precise anatomy of that eye, if it has any abnormalities, and what exactly they are. An ophthalmologist can read this and create a more accurate prescription if that person needs vision correction.

The accuracy of wavefront technology is why it was developed for use in LASIK surgery. When a person is taking a traditional vision test by looking at an eye chart and choosing between “one or two,” a slight bit of human error doesn’t make for a radical change in the prescription. However, the tiniest difference in measurement for LASIK procedures absolutely does. LASIK procedures using wavefront technology are able to use this precise reading and translate it into a very accurate result.

In a vision exam, this is useful because the accuracy combines with the simplicity of the test and creates peace of mind for people taking it. Using wavefront technology for the vision exam says good-bye to the guesswork. The way the light enters the eye and the shape it creates can be accurately measured. The patient doesn’t have to answer (or guess the answer) to any questions. Because the technology takes human error out of the equation, it can produce more accurate results in a vision exam.

Straining to see clearly and think you might need glasses? Get your eyes checked today using the latest technology.

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Preventing Computer Eye Strain - Smart Vision Labs

Preventing Computer Eye Strain

Many people notice their eyes seem tired after using a computer for a while. But it isn’t their work making their eyes want to shut.

These people are feeling the effects of computer vision syndrome (CVS). Sometimes it is also called digital eye strain. It happens when people focus their eyes on a screen for a long period of time without breaks. Despite the name, it can be caused by staring at any screen for too long at once, so your tablet and phone are just as likely to cause it as your laptop.

CVS may show up as dry eyes or blurred vision. Headaches can occur from the eye strain. Although it is primarily an eye problem, it can also be the cause of neck and shoulder pains. The symptoms generally stop when the person takes a break from using the computer.

This issue is being seen more often due to more people working in offices or staying in school longer to get advanced degrees. Because these people rely on computer work to succeed in school or their job, just turning the screen off isn’t a good solution for them.

Thankfully, there are many simple things you can do to keep your eyes rested without limiting your computer use.

Blink!

The dryness from digital eye strain occurs because people using a computer can literally stare at the screen without blinking. While using an electronic device, people tend to blink less and without fully closing their lids. This prolonged exposure to air is what causes the eyes to dry out. Simply making a conscious effort to blink will re-lubricate your eyes. Making about 10 full, closed-eye blinks every 20 minutes or so will allow your eyes to regain their natural wetness. If this particular area is an issue, lubricating eyedrops, or artificial tears, can provide some extra comfort.

20-20-20

After you do this, you can also use the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eye strain. This rule says every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. (If you’re a procrastinator, you probably already do this unintentionally to avoid working or studying.) This gives your eyes a chance to rest by not having them stare at an object that is in a static position. Even better, take a quick walk on these breaks. This has the added benefit of treating shoulder and neck pains which may show up along with the dry eyes.

Brightness Settings

Adjusting the brightness of the screen you’re using can help lessen the amount of time it takes to feel the effects of computer eye strain. Your device’s screen shouldn’t act as a light source. The perfect brightness should be similar to the lighting of the room you are in. On the other side, your screen shouldn’t be too dark either. If your screen seems dim or you are straining to read text, it’s time to turn the brightness up a bit. The additional brightness also adds contrast, which makes text easier to read.

Screen Glare

Speaking of room lighting, adjusting interior lighting will reduce screen glare which, in turn, makes your screen easier to read. Floor or desk lamps with low-intensity bulbs, one on each side of your workstation, are the ideal placement for lighting the room you do computer work in. This allows your workspace to be evenly lit without causing screen glare as overhead or fluorescent lights do.

So the next time you feel tired at work, maybe it is just your eyes which need a rest.


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Eye Health and protecting your eyes - Smart Vision Labs

Eye Health Begins with You

We may not be able to control everything, but we can control some things. Maintaining eye health is one of them. Here are a few quick tips to keeping your vision the best it can be.

Watch What You Eat

That’s right; overall health is based in large part on your diet. Eating fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, can provide the eyes with the type of nutrition they need. Also fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, can supply the body with essential omega-3 fatty acids.
When you’re in a restaurant or supermarket, look around for these foods and add them to your diet.

Watch Your Weight

Stepping on a scale may not be your most favorite thing to do but your eyes will thank you for watching your weight. Being overweight increases your chances of developing diabetes which can lead to certain vision problems, like blindness. Monitoring your weight and keeping it within healthy guidelines is a positive way to maintain eye health by removing a negative factor from your life.

Watch Out for Bad Habits

Smoking is a bad habit and if you light up, it’s time to put out that cigarette.  Research has shown that smokers increase their risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage. All of these conditions can lead to blindness. Smoking is just not worth the risk to your eyes.

Watch Out for Too Much Sun

Sunglasses will not only make you look cool, they will help block out damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun. Extended exposure to these UV rays has the potential of contributing to macular degeneration and cataracts. An especially painful condition, photokeratitis, is sometimes described as sunburn to the cornea. This happens when the eyes were not protected from the sun for a period of time. Symptoms include tears, pain, and a gritty feeling in the eyes.

Watch Out for Danger

If you don’t have a pair of safety glasses yet, please get them. You don’t need to be on a construction site to get an eye injury. Most accidents happen at home doing activities like yard work or simple house maintenance. Protecting your eyes with safety goggles or an eye shield stops a problem from even starting.

Watch the Time

Your eyes need to rest now and then, so monitoring certain activities is recommended. If you spend a good portion of each day on the computer, your eyes may get tired. When you are focusing on a computer monitor for a long period, you may actually be forgetting to blink which does not promote eye health. Try the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes spent at the computer, look away about 20 feet for about 20 seconds. This may help you avoid eyestrain and will definitely make you more aware of your eyes’ health.

Watch the Calendar

Having periodic vision exams can spot any problems you may be having. Diagnosing eye conditions or correcting vision errors with prescription glasses are ways to maintain eye health in a proactive way.

Put the “you” in eye health and put these tips to use.

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20/20 Vision - Smart Vision Labs will help you get it back

Why 20/20 Vision May Not Be 'Perfect'

We have all heard the term ’20/20 vision’ but if you have it, does that mean your eyesight is perfect?

The answer is both yes and no, and no, this isn’t confusing. In fact, after reading about it, you will see your vision in a different way.

Let’s start with the term 20/20. The familiar on-the-wall eye chart checks your vision acuity, which is the sharpness of your vision. The letters on the chart are a specific size to measure your ability to see them at a certain distance.

In the term ’20/20′ the first number is the distance from the wall chart to the patient. The chart is positioned 20 feet in front of you.

The second 20 refers to your ability to read the letters. Each line of letters is a specific size which has been determined through a mathematical study of what normal vision should be. For instance, to have a rating of 20/20 means that you can easily read the fourth line from the bottom of the chart.

Interestingly, if you can read the letters below that line your vision would be ‘better’ than 20/20 and may be even 20/10 or 20/5 although not many people have this ability.

Although there is a solid mathematical base for this eye chart, having 20/20 vision does not mean that your eyesight is perfect in all situations.

The wall chart test is limited in several ways. First of all, it’s a static measurement. You sit still during the test and the chart is not moving. Real life is anything but still, which means your eyes are constantly focusing on objects that are in motion.

The eye chart also uses high contrast conditions to check your vision acuity. Usually, the letters are black against a white background. Once again, life is not limited to these conditions. Having 20/20 vision does not determine that you see well in dim situations, like night driving.

In a similar thought, the eye chart doesn’t measure if you see colored or moving objects normally either.

Because of the limitations of the eye chart, other tests should be taken into consideration at your next eye exam. The actual physiology of the eyes should be examined, through scans or photos. This information, combined with the vision acuity test, can better determine if you would see clearer with corrective glasses.

These additional tests would evaluate other key areas that affect vision. In large part, the clarity of your eyesight is dependent on how light travels through your eyes and whether it focuses on the retina. Vision is also affected by the sensitivity of the nerves in the retina and how the brain interprets the information received from the eyes. An eye chart alone cannot assess these things, but it will give you an excellent basis for you and your eye doctor to examine your vision and begin to diagnose any abnormalities.

While 20/20 is the standard by which vision is measured and the basis for most prescription lenses, having this designation does not tell the whole story about your eyes.

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squint eye

Stop the Squint Eye!

Squinting is not a good look for anyone. But if you are squinting, perhaps it’s time for a vision exam.

Squinting is often a coping mechanism for people who are not seeing objects clearly. Many times you may not even be aware that you’re squinting since this is more of an instinctive gesture.

The reason why squinting helps to improve vision clarity is because it decreases the amount of light that enters your eyes through the lens. A large part of our ability to see is due to the way light rays enter our eyes and focus on the retina.

If you are nearsighted, the light rays would focus in front of the retina and you would have difficulty seeing objects at a distance. The opposite is true for farsightedness; the light converges behind the retina and closer objects are blurry.

However, squinting helps because it decreases the amount of light that passes through the lens. Mostly affected is the peripheral light that enters the lenses from the sides of the eyes. This light, in particular, requires the lenses to straighten it out so it can focus on the retina. But if there is a decreased amount of peripheral light entering the eyes because you are squinting, you have ‘improved’ your vision by giving the eyes less to do. Less peripheral light means less light for the eyes to deal with.

Besides having less light rays to focus on the retina, squinting also slightly changes the shape of the eyes. This small shift may, in fact, help vision acuity by affecting how the light is filtered. If the eyes are compressed in a squint, the light rays are apt to focus more precisely near the center of the retina.

Although squinting may help you see a little better, this small adjustment should not be considered a cure. More likely, it should be viewed as a red flag that means you’re due for a vision exam.

Squinting may be an indication that you need corrective lenses. An exam will show the exact type of prescription that would address your vision problem. This would then determine the type of curvature that should be used to create your own personal eyeglasses.

The type of curve in the lenses of eyeglasses is the main way in which vision can be improved. A vision test provides the data to configure your prescription and to tell whether you would see more clearly with either a convex or concave lens.

For instance, lenses with a convex shape will correct farsightedness by making objects look smaller and closer. Concave lenses will help a nearsightedness condition by doing the opposite. In both of these cases, the objective is to bend the light rays that enter the eyes so they focus on the retina.

So, yes, squinting does help you see better if your eyes are not focusing the light rays correctly. Squinting will minimize the amount of light that enters the eyes while also changing the shape of the eyes which may help direct the focus of the light.

But squinting is not a good look, nor is it something that you want to do all the time.

A vision exam is the first step to stop the squint eye.

 


Devlyn Optical to Offer Eyeglass Prescriptions Using Smart Vision Exams at Three Locations in Los Angeles

Pilot program offers vision testing and eyeglasses prescriptions through Smart Vision Exam telemedicine platform as part of Devlyn Optical’s new services

New York, NY — October 19, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (https://www.smartvisionlabs.com), leader in vision technology for glasses prescriptions, announced today their first partner in California, Devlyn Optical. Devlyn will be rolling out a pilot program at three locations in the Los Angeles area where they will offer Smart Vision Exams. Devlyn Optical is a multinational optical retailer with over 880 retail locations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the United States.

“Devlyn Optical is the ideal partner to launch our expansion to Los Angeles,” said Yaopeng Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Smart Vision Labs. “They have a great brand and optical network which is ready to evolve with our technology. They understand the value we offer to their business and validated the high quality of our prescriptions. We look forward to serving the Los Angeles community and providing easy access to vision care alongside Devlyn.”

Smart Vision Labs telemedicine platform has the ability to scale with Devlyn’s needs to support their vision testing programs along with reducing their cost of operations. Smart Vision Exams uses the same advanced technology developed for LASIK to capture how light travels back and forth through a person’s eye. The data is then sent to a remote network of eye doctors who review the results and when necessary, provide updated eyeglass prescriptions. The vision test takes about 5 minutes and doesn’t require customers to wait to see an optometrist for an eyeglasses prescription.

“We are very excited to partner with Smart Vision Labs in this pilot program,” said Jesse W. Devlyn Jr., CEO of Devlyn Optical, LLC. “ Their telemedicine solution is not only fast and easy to use but also provides an extremely reliable measurement of a person’s refractive error and prescription for glasses and contact lenses. With Smart Vision labs, our patients will no longer have to wait to see an optometrist to update their current eyeglasses prescription. This will allow us to provide the ultimate convenience in vision care while driving incremental revenue for our stores.”

Anyone can visit the following three pilot locations to get a vision test:

Devlyn Optical Walnut Park
2136 E Florence Ave
Walnut Park, CA 90255

Devlyn Optical Chino
12375 Central Ave
Chino, CA 91710

Devlyn Optical Panorama City
8401 Van Nuys Boulevard #78A
Panorama City, CA 91402

Smart Vision Labs, founded in 2013 by Yaopeng Zhou and Marc Albanese, is transforming the way people test their vision and expanding the vision care market to ensure more people have access to vision testing and updated prescriptions.

In the United States alone, 240 million Americans are in need of vision correction, but only 114 million eye exams are performed yearly. On average, there is one eye doctor for every 5,000 people. Personalizing telemedicine promotes ownership of one’s own medical data, and with Smart Vision Labs, prescriptions are always accessible with a click of a button.

Smart Vision Exams pairs mobile autorefraction technology with a proprietary telemedicine platform, allowing doctors to analyze vision test results and other data remotely. The doctor can write a digital eyeglass prescription for a patient or make a recommendation for a full eye health exam when appropriate.

Optical stores in CA which don’t always have the ability to offer a prescription for glasses can now use the Smart Vision Labs platform to grow their business. Optical stores no longer have to send customers away for a prescription and can now service them onsite, creating a better user experience and providing high quality glasses while reducing their remake rates.

About Devlyn Optical
Founded in 1936 by Dr. Frank J. Devlyn, Devlyn Optical is a family-owned, multinational optical retailer with operations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and the USA. Devlyn Optical is one of the largest optical retailer in Latin America, operating over 880 retail locations in the US, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. The stores employ over 4,000 employees and our retail brands include Devlyn Opticos, Vetro, Solare and Occhiali.

About Smart Vision Labs
Smart Vision Labs is making vision care less expensive, less complicated, and more accessible. The company offers a mobile-phone based vision exam where patients can obtain an eyewear prescription in minutes without the need for a doctor on-site. Their proprietary technology shrinks expensive, bulky equipment to a portable device that is adapted to a telemedicine platform. The company partners with optical stores and other retailers to bring Smart Vision Exams to consumers. Smart Vision Exams is currently available in 30 locations in New York and California, and the company is looking to expand to other states in the coming months. Founded in 2013, Smart Vision Labs aims to increase access to vision care by leveraging technology and innovation. Over 40,000 vision tests have been performed to date in 23 countries.

If you are interested in providing Smart Vision Exams technology in your store, contact sales@smartvisionlabs.com.


food good for eyes - Smart Vision Labs

Eat for your Eyesight?

Food Good for Eyes 

Maybe you heard this at the dinner table when you were a kid.

“Eat your carrots. They’re good for your eyes,” said Mom, as she gave you a stern look over her glasses.

As you took a tiny nibble of sliced carrot, you wondered if Mom didn’t eat her veggies or if she was just making this up. After all, she had glasses herself.

Carrots

It turns out, carrots can’t really keep you from needing glasses. It is a popular myth so maybe Mom just didn’t know the whole story either. But, like many myths, there is actually a bit of truth to the connection between carrots and your eye health.

Although carrots can’t get you 20/20 vision, they are one of several foods that contain nutrients essential for healthy eyes.

Carrots have lots of both Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Vitamin A is important for healthy eyes and beta-carotene can reduce your chance of getting cataracts or macular degeneration. The body can also convert beta-carotene into even more Vitamin A. So carrots really are good for your eyes, even if they can’t improve your vision.

Green Veggies

“Eat your kale. It’s good for your eyes.”

Okay, so you probably didn’t hear that one.

But carrots aren’t the only veggies that contain nutrients which make healthy eyes.

Green, leafy veggies, like kale and spinach, contain lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of these are actually found right in the macula of your eyes.

The macula is a spot inside the eye near the center. It is how you see what’s in the very center of your vision. It is also the part which breaks down in macular degeneration. The lutein and zeaxanthin delivered with your side dish of spinach keeps this very important part of your sight intact.

Main course?

Now that you know a spinach and carrot salad can keep your eyes healthy, you’re ready for the main course.

People who eat fish often, at least twice a week, are 40 percent less likely to get age-related macular degeneration.

Certain types of oily fish, such as salmon or tuna, are rich with omega-3 fatty acids.

Your body actually needs certain types of fats because it can’t make them itself. These are known as essential fatty acids, or EFAs. The two main ones are omega-3 and omega-6. The first, omega-3, is the one found in oily or fatty types of fish.

One specific omega-3 fatty acid, called DHA, is an important building block of many parts of your body. Both your brain and the retinae of your eyes contain a large amount of DHA.

Essential fatty acids have also been linked to a decreased chance of developing glaucoma.

Eating Well

If you’re a picky eater, know that you don’t even have to eat a specific food to get these eye health benefits. Simply eating a well-rounded diet can keep your eyes healthy and in good working order.

Eating a balanced diet will do more than just keep your waistline in check. Keeping yourself at a healthy weight will reduce your risk of developing issues generally related to obesity, such as type-2 diabetes. In fact, the number one cause of blindness in adults is diabetes. Of course, your whole body will feel the benefits from eating well.

So the next time you see carrots on your dinner plate eat them. Maybe you will even find yourself asking for seconds.

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Williams Eye Works Is the First Location on Staten Island to offer Smart Vision Exams

Williams Eye Works Is the First Location on Staten Island to Offer Smart Vision Exams

Combining over 20 years of optical experience with new technology, Williams Eye Works is bringing the convenience and speed of Smart Vision Exams to the 292,487 Staten Island residents who can benefit from regular vision exams.

New York, NY — October 17, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (https://www.smartvisionlabs.com), leaders in vision screening and eyecare telemedicine, announced today their first partner on Staten Island. Williams Eye Works has been providing optical services to Staten Island residents for over 20 years. By adding Smart Vision Exams they are now able to provide vision testing and prescriptions for glasses.

Smart Vision Exams uses the technology developed for LASIK to capture how light travels back and forth through a person’s eye. The data captured along with general background information is then sent to a remote network of eye doctors using a proprietary, cutting edge telemedicine communication platform who review the results and when necessary, provide updated eyeglass prescriptions. The vision test takes about 5 minutes and doesn’t require customers to wait to see an optometrist for an eyeglasses prescription.

Anyone looking to get an updated vision test or to check their eyeglasses prescription can visit Williams Eye Works located at 1884 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314. No appointments are necessary and the tests take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Additionally, customers will be able to access their prescriptions online at any time giving them the freedom to purchase their eyeglasses anywhere they want, even online.

“Williams Eye Works is our first partner on Staten Island and they started to utilize the technology immediately. The team already brought the vision test to the Staten Island Health Fair” said Yaopeng Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Smart Vision Labs. “We are excited to provide vision tests to the residents of Staten Island who might otherwise avoid going to an optometrist to check their vision.”

In the United States alone, 240 million Americans are in need of vision correction, but only 114 million eye exams are performed yearly. On average, there is one eye doctor for every 5,000 people. Personalizing telemedicine promotes ownership of one’s own medical data, and with Smart Vision Labs, prescriptions are always accessible with a click of a button.

Smart Vision Exams pairs mobile autorefraction technology with a proprietary telemedicine platform, allowing doctors to analyze vision test results and other data remotely. The doctor can write a digital eyeglass prescription for a patient or make a recommendation for a full eye health exam when appropriate.

Optical stores that don’t always have the ability to offer a prescription for glasses can now use the Smart Vision Labs platform to grow their businesses. Optical stores no longer have to send customers away for a prescription and can now service them onsite, creating a better user experience and providing high quality glasses while reducing their remake rates.

About Smart Vision Labs
Smart Vision Labs is making vision prescriptions less expensive, less complicated, and far more portable and accessible. The company offers an advanced mobile-phone based eye exam platform that leverages advanced refraction technology (the same as used in LASIK). The company has a unique offering that combines the Smart Vision technology with telemedicine, enabling consumers to obtain an eye prescription in minutes from anywhere without the need for an MD on-site, thereby disrupting the existing supply chain and bringing new benefits to consumers and retailers.

Smart Vision Labs works with optical stores to bring the solution to consumers. Smart Vision Exams are available in 30 optical stores in NYC and LA today. Based in NYC, the company is backed by Techstars Ventures, TYLT, Heritage Group, Verizon and others.

This fall Smart Vision Labs will be conducting vision screenings in NYC schools delivering on the mission to provide improved vision to as many people as possible especially students and other underserved populations.

If you are interested in providing Smart Vision Exams technology in your store contact sales@smartvisionlabs.com


Difference Between Telehealth and Telemedicine - Smart Vision Labs

What's the Difference Between Telehealth and Telemedicine?

Telehealth or Telemedicine

You may have heard of “telehealth” and “telemedicine” already. Maybe you saw the headline of a news article online while drinking your morning coffee. But what are they? Is there even a difference?

It helps to break the words down. Since both words begin with “tele-,” let’s start with their differences, “health” and “medicine.”

As you might suspect, “health” and “medicine” are different. If you have health, you don’t need medicine. So health is when a person is not sick and does not have a need for medicine. Most people would agree they would like to stay this way.

Since that isn’t possible, we have “medicine.” In this use, it refers to diagnosing, treating, and ideally, preventing medical issues.

“Tele-“ explains what is being done with health and medicine to complete the full meaning of the word. In this instance, it is short for “telecommunication,” which is basically using technology to communicate over a distance. Using the internet like you are right now is a form of telecommunication.

So now we can understand the full words: telehealth and telemedicine.

Telehealth is a broad term used to describe any health-related service which uses telecommunication technology, such as the internet or a mobile app, to reach its users. It can be used for many things such as educating the public, training people in the medical profession, or making remote diagnoses. A website helping people prepare for flu season, a video conference to train nurses, and a doctor making a remote diagnosis using information from an app are all part of telehealth.

This last bit, the part about remote diagnoses, is where telemedicine comes in. Telemedicine is just that. It allows doctors to receive medical information from a person remotely using technology instead of a face-to-face visit. From there, they can make a diagnosis.

This all sounds futuristic and complicated but these technologies are being used to make some health services easy, affordable, and available to many more people than before. These are the goals Smart Vision Labs had in mind when creating their mobile vision technologies.

Smart Vision Labs has used telemedicine to create their 5-Minute Vision Test. This test works like an updated version of that old-school eye chart in your eye doctor’s office. It still checks if your vision is great or if you have trouble seeing either near or far distances. The technology is just as accurate as a doctor standing next to you asking if you can read that next row of tiny letters. The collected results are sent to a licensed eye doctor who lets you know through email if you need a prescription for eyeglasses.

And that is what telemedicine actually looks like in practice. The technology sends medical information from the person taking the vision test to the doctor for a diagnosis and back to the patient with the results. The patient never had to set foot in a waiting room or struggle to read an eye chart.

This allows many people who never had access to vision testing to see to the best of their ability. Because the technology isn’t tied to a doctor’s office, it can reach people who can’t get to one. The Smart Vision Labs vision tests have helped many people see better like busy moms, uninsured people, or poor children living around the world.

The future of the eye exam is here and it has created an unparalleled freedom that has tapped into today’s technology.

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