Autorefractors in the Clinic and Beyond

Taking Autorefractors Beyond The Clinic

According to the WHO, 246 million people around the world have low vision. 90% of those people happen to live in developing nations and in other low-income situations. Now absorb another statistic: 700 million people around the world do not have access to vision care. Now, what if there was a technology to continuously reduce that number? Since you are on this page, I think you already know the answer.

The wavefront technology behind the Smart Vision Labs portable autorefractor has actually existed for a while now. However, it has never been easier to prescribe people, and practice eye care, thanks to our compact and lightweight optometry equipment. We have essentially enabled optometrists and doctors to go beyond the clinical practice. The following are some situations where our technology has been utilized.

Optometry Practices

The first one is obvious. Our partner optometrists have done amazing things using our technology. Our partners attribute their purchase decisions to the accuracy, efficiency, speed, portability, and affordability of our product. They applaud how it has streamlined the refraction process while producing accurate objective refraction data.

One of our partners, Tony Prasnikar OD, had the following to say:

“The SVOne has been in place only a short time and already patients are talking about it. Also, patients are finding this refraction process much more comfortable and enjoyable. Happy patients make for a healthy practice.”

Eye care practice by optometrists using the SVOne autorefractor

Optical Stores

Owning an optical store in this day and age is far from easy. Because of advances in technology and stiff competition from innovative retail shops, the independent optical store owner is under constant pressure to keep up with the times. Portable autorefractors have provided an innovative competitive edge for optical store owners. From an improved capture rate to less of a wait time, to increased patient throughput, this particular piece of optometry equipment has disrupted an industry that has had the same technology since the late 19th century.

Offices and Corporate Wellness Programs

According to Fast Company, corporate wellness programs are currently an $8 billion industry in the U.S. and are expected to grow by 7.8% through 2021. Such a lucrative industry is ripe for opportunities, and portable medical technology has been at the center of this industry. Portable autorefractors are one of the ways in which corporate wellness companies can expand their services and take a bigger slice of the pie.

Our portable autorefractor has been used at corporate wellness programs. We have joined forces with some of our partners to conduct vision exams in many corporations including Spotify, Oscar Insurance, Compass, Pager, NYU, and more. Quoting from one of our clients, “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”.

Doctor and optical store owner, who have an interest in this market, should look to take advantage of the opportunity by incorporating the Smart Vision Labs portable autorefractor.

Mission Trips, Schools, and Assisted Living

Portable Optometry equipment has always been a core part of eye care mission trips, and a big part of Smart Vision Labs philanthropic ambitions. Whether it be phoropters, tonometers, or autorefractors; mission trips and portable technology go hand in hand. Portable autorefractors have carved out their unique niche in this sector and there is no better feeling than being able to serve more people around the world.

eye care mission trips using a portable autorefractor

The same goes for schools screenings and assisted living medical visits. We conducted vision tests in schools and were beyond inspired by the way our results lit up the faces of those school children. In a recent article, we talk about how important this time is for optometrist as the back to school rush is about to begin. Often the people administering vision tests in schools are not trained professionals and our autorefractors can reduce the margin of error by providing the most accurate objective data so students can concentrate on learning.

Nursing Homes

One of our altruistic partners, Doug Streifel OD, is based out of Denver and provides vision services for nursing homes through his mobile optometry practice. He had this to say about us: “Having a tool that is both lightweight and easy to use gives us the opportunity to bring new and advanced technology to a population who might not get this state-of-the-art care otherwise.”

Nursing home visits for eye care using the SVOne Auotrefractor

Armed Forces and Law Enforcement

The US Armed Forces have many health requirements including good vision. The same parallels for good vision also spill over to law enforcement where vision testing is a requirement during the recruitment process. The armed forces also go on humanitarian trips to test vision and do health check-ups where portable autorefractors are commonplace. The Navy, for example, has optometrists who go on mission trips during their service to conduct vision testing.  

Prisons

Believe it or not, prisons are another place where portable autorefractors have the potential for doctors to increase their business (or improve their practices). One of the things prisoners retain is the right to healthcare. Yet somehow, there is an increasing demand for optometrists in prisons. The Smart Vision Labs portable autorefractor fits perfectly as a complement equipment for optometrists when they go to correctional facilities to conduct vision testing. The speed and accuracy are perfect for situations where you want to be in and out and not spend too much time doing the refraction or rechecking to determine if the results are accurate are not.

Sports

Vision tests are becoming the norm in many sports all over the world. We recently released a clinical study on the “elite” vision of professional baseball players. In the professional leagues, hitting a pitched baseball has been described as one of the most difficult tasks in any sport.

Baseball players, on the other hand, have shown to have visual acuity approaching 20/12 (20/8 is often considered to be the best humanly possible vision). With the help of ophthalmologist Dr. Daniel Laby and the SUNY College of Optometry, we conducted a study to prove our hypotheses. During the 2016 Spring Training Season, Dr. Laby tested over 600 MLB players using our handheld wavefront autorefractor, the SVOne. The results of the study showed that the SVOne autorefraction system can successfully measure the small, yet significant, refractive errors in the sample of players that were tested.

Apart from baseball, studies have also been done that link the vision of soccer players to their performance. Imagine the applications of portable autorefractors when it comes to sports like tennis or hockey, where the target object of concern is as small as a baseball. Take a look at the study to learn more about the applications of mobile optometry equipment in sports.

Rural Areas

Mobile and digital healthcare have come a long way to improve the health and living conditions of people in rural America. Imagine living in rural South Carolina where there is only one optometrist for a few thousand people in an area of a few hundred miles. To make your job easier, more efficient, and your practice more profitable, why would you not get portable Optometry equipment for your practice? Whether you have a clinic or a mobile optometry practice, a portable autorefractor like the SVOne can take your business to a whole new level.

As you can see, portable autorefractors and especially the Smart Vision Labs Wavefront Autorefractor, open up opportunities to grow your practice beyond a traditional brick and mortar clinic. This technology truly has the potential to serve the vision care needs of people all over the world, and bring vision care to the most remote areas of this world. We hope you are as inspired and motivated as we are to make vision impairment obsolete.

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Four Factors to a Successful Enterprise Technology Implementation

Something that is revolutionary for the rest of the world may not necessarily be the best option for you or your organization. You may decide to buy a new machine to make better lenses, but it turns out it is not simple to use and the time wasted could have been spent on acquiring a new customer. The same thing can be said for new technologies and their implementation in an organization.

However, what people fail to realize is that the new technology implementation often fails because of the miscalculations of the organization. Technology is meant to aid people and complement their daily activities and it is only as good as the people using it. Smart Vision Labs has deduced four factors that contribute to the success of new technology and its enterprise adoption in an organization.

1 – Make Sure the Technology Solution Is Aligned with Your Company’s Plan and People

One way new technology can add value is by aligning it to company goals and objectives. Not only should it be a driver of profits and revenue, it should also benefit the people handling it as well. It should be simple enough to get the job done, achieve great results while making life easier for anyone interacting with it. That “anyone” could range from the CEO to the customer. By making sure that the technology is a good fit for your company, you essentially relieve yourself of many problems including time-consuming firefights, sunk cost, and a waste of resources- if and when the project fails.

One of our earlier clients is a great example of this idea. They have monthly revenue goals which their individual stores are budgeted to hit and their CEO drives this metric down to each individual team member. Our telemedicine platform fit their goals perfectly! The opticians and sales people using it found it effortlessly simple and we helped them increase their capture rate on an individual store level, which lead to even higher revenues and an ROI of 880%!

2 – Understand the Technology

Once you have verified that the technology will be a good fit for the company, it’s time to dive deeper and understand the technology. At this stage, the initial pilot is crucial to ensure its success. By working with the technology provider, the organization should be prepared for any initial uncertainty, commit to training, start identifying kinks in the system, and create processes for analysis and constant feedback. Working with the vendor is vital at this stage. The most innovative technology providers will work closely with the buyer to ensure that the implementation is successful, thus leading to a successful rollout.

One of our partners understood this concept and has excelled because of the time they took to embrace and understand the nooks and crannies of our technology. They launched a pilot and took steps to ensure that everything was recorded and every uncertainty accounted for. Feedback and collaboration worked out to make the implementation a complete success.

An Optical Industry Case Study

A company who has truly embraced technology is Mykita. Mykita is a German manufacturer of hand-crafted prescription frames and glasses. They use acetate, stainless steel, and a unique material called Mylon by employing a 3D printing process called Selective Laser Sintering. Technology is a core part of their design and their success shows it! Because of their design philosophy, they were profitable since their second year and are now in stores all over the world, including Washington DC and New York. Since their inception, they have racked up influencers like Tom Cruise, Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie, who have embraced their tech savvy designs. This leads us to our next factor: have influencers for your technology.

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Stanley Tucci wearing Mykita Mylon in Transformers

3 – Have an Influencer on board

Mark Zuckerberg once said, “Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend.” A new technology that aligns with the spirit of your company will go even further if it is trusted by the people of your company, and having a person or two to influence that trust is crucial. If it’s a new project based on the new technology, then it should be a strong project manager or leader who takes charge, is exploratory, collaborative, and open to feedback. Given that these people will be the main people communicating up and down the chain of leadership, they will have to command authority. That person will essentially ensure user participation to drive the goals and metrics and will be molding the minds of everyone in the organizations, including the people resisting to accept that the new technology aligns with the company and will drive value. The influencer has to be a truly innovative leader.

A great example of a Smart Vision Labs champion is Vlad from Modern Day Optx. Vlad is an independent optical owner. Even though he is not a part of a large organization, his activities are reminiscent of the points mentioned before. He has internalized all the nuances of our telemedicine solution, he communicates and provide ongoing feedback to improve our product, and makes sure his customers are comfortable with using the technology. He has been able to prove the utilitarian use of our device by vastly improving his capture rate and revenue for his optical store.

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Yelp review about Modern Day Optx

4 – Have Fun and be Personal

People are afraid of the unknown and of things they do not understand. Initially, new technology can be intimidating. The trick is to make the technology a personal piece of the lives of the people who are involved with it. Whether it be the CEO, middle-level management, or even the team member on the floor who is pushing to make the daily, weekly, and the monthly sales quota; having fun with the technology is a very important piece of the implementation process. Any company which grasps this factor should have a seamless rollout of the new technology.

How to truly have fun is a question of the organization’s personality. It needs to be worked out between the organization itself and the technology provider. It could be as simple as incentivizing the sales team with gifts when they accomplish a certain usage percentage, to more glamorous things such as throwing a lavish party when they decide to move from the pilot to full enterprise implementation. The end result should always be to inspire the users to embrace the technology.

At Smart Vision Labs, we try to go above and beyond in this category. From sending custom onesies to a partner who had a child, to being with our partners on the floor, celebrating accomplishments with them and making sure that they truly internalize the training; our work is complete when our partners are truly comfortable with our platform. We make sure the education, training, and implementation is a fun experience so everyone is happy to be a Smart Vision Labs optical partner.

An Optical Industry Case Study

Carl Zeiss shook lens manufacturing with their i.Terminal technology. They digitized the tedious and manual process of lens fitting and made the whole experience faster and more accurate. This has led to increased customer satisfaction and improved sales. But the technology has truly been pioneered because of the above mentioned four factors Zeiss had helped foster with their customers. They built a product that provided great value for their customers, the literature and support they provide during the implementation, along with the great customer service, ensured an easy adoption of the technology.

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i. Terminal by Carl Zeiss

A master grasp of these four factors will ensure your organization will have success with a new piece of technology. Effective implementation could be hampered if one or more of the factors are not accounted for. Make sure your team is an important part of the process; take your time to understand why problems happen, and make sure \you have fun when using the technology!

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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.


Listen to Yaopeng on the Power Hour Radio Show - October 12, 2016

Last month our CEO and co-founder Yaopeng Zhou had the opportunity to return to Power Hour for an exciting and passionate discussion on the future of vision care and why it’s important to empower opticians and provide consumers with choice and education.

Dr. Gary Gerber, a long-time friend of the company, led an engaging conversation on Smart Vision Exams and why we believe telemedicine is a benefit (not a detriment) to patient eye health.

Listen to the full recording below:

 

Want to see some video footage? Check out Yaopeng on Facebook Live during the interview!


2016 World Sight Day

At Smart Vision Labs, our mission is simple: Increase access to vision care by leveraging innovation and technology. We work hard every day to make this goal a reality.

In honor of World Sight Day on October 13th, Smart Vision Labs will provide a vision exam to a student in New York for every Smart Vision Exam completed at one of our partner optical shops.

Stop into one of our New York locations to check your vision and help a student receive a needed vision exam! Find a location near you.

Click to find a Smart Vision Exam near you:

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