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Telemedicine Is Not the Future: It’s the Present

Telemedicine Is Not the Future: It’s the Present

If you ask most healthcare professionals about telemedicine, you’ll most likely receive a response indicating profound interest and support for these changes to the current healthcare system. Telemedicine has the ability to connect patients with doctors through the convenience of smartphones, computers, and the internet. And more and more doctors are adopting this innovative technology to treat their patients. It allows for a primary care or allied health professional to consult remotely with a patient and, if needed, a specialist assisting the primary care provider, to render a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.

An increasing number of patients are expressing their interest in receiving treatment through telemedicine. A recent study showed that 77% of respondents would be treated virtually, but only 20% of them have actually done it. The healthcare market’s supply of telemedicine is not yet fulfilling consumer demand. But research suggests that the growth of the telemedicine market is about to soar.

Who is Using Telemedicine?

The impact of telemedicine is already increasing exponentially. Currently, over half of all U.S hospitals now use some form of telemedicine, a number predicted to increase with the profound number of healthcare services that can be offered through telemedicine. And aside from just hospitals, over 90% of healthcare executives have already begun developing or implementing a telemedicine program into their organizations. Through these technologies, doctors can provide treatment for chronic disease management, mental/behavioral health, rehabilitation, dermatology, radiology, primary care, vision care, etc. It’s no surprise that its influence is becoming so widespread.

Currently, there are over 200 telemedicine networks, with 3,500 service sites in the U.S. To put that into perspective, just speaking in terms of cardiac care, almost one million Americans are currently using remote cardiac monitors. Think about the other millions of patients using telemedicine for other types of treatment. As consumers continue to search for low-cost and convenient treatment options, healthcare facilities that offer such types of treatment will likely be rewarded with numerous patients’ business. Telemedicine’s reach extends far beyond just the U.S., with over 2.1 million people receiving annual diabetic retinopathy telemedicine exams in the U.K. Such exams have significantly reduced the cases of new blindness amongst adults.

The increasing impact of telemedicine - Smart Vision Labs Infographic

Why You Should Take Part in the Telemedicine Revolution

Despite some controversy surrounding telemedicine — with certain Doctors skeptical that patients will rely solely on these new technologies and neglect their necessary in-person checkups — many doctors are embracing these new technologies, believing that telemedicine is shaping the future of healthcare by facilitating their single largest goal: treating as many people as possible. And thanks to telemedicine, this is now more possible than ever. The benefits of becoming a telemedicine doctor are seemingly endless. Take a look at these five aspects that telemedicine doctors’ consider to be the best parts of the job:

Helping as many patients as possible:

Telemedicine helps bridge the often large gap between doctors and patients. Through managing both time and distance, these technologies provide on-call care while transferring unnecessary in-person visits to the convenience of virtual ones. In particular, people living in rural areas who are hindered by mobility or transportation issues are now at greater ease to receive care. Geography and time constraints no longer play such a large factor in patient treatment. From a global standpoint, there are endless people being treated through telemedicine. Around the world, millions of patients use telemedicine to monitor their vital signals. Think of the benefits to patients in third-world countries with little to no access to healthcare. Telemedicine helps to solve this fundamental problem of the scarcity of doctors in certain parts of the world.

Recognizing the potential to treat hundreds of more patients, both in the U.S. and globally, many doctors are expressing interest in taking part in these cutting-edge healthcare technologies. In fact, 89% of healthcare executives predict that telemedicine will transform the U.S. healthcare system in the next decade. And the increasing trend of the number of doctors joining telemedicine networks mirrors this very prediction.

Financial gains:

Many doctors see telemedicine as a way to earn supplemental income. Without telemedicine, doctors might actually be losing some potential revenue. Telemedicine allows for doctors to earn extra income from the convenience of their own home. As it is, doctors don’t get paid for the time spent writing prescriptions and discussing medical treatment with patients demonstrating non-critical symptoms over the phone. That time spent is taking away from the time they could be spending with patients who are physically in their waiting room, in need of in-person, more serious treatment. So imagine if doctors could be paid for writing those prescriptions and speaking with those patients over the phone? Well, they can, thanks to telemedicine.

Time-effective for both doctors and patients:

A recent study shows that the average wait-time for a new patient to see a physician in metropolitan cities is 18.5 days. Telemedicine helps to solve some of that wait-time by offering exams that take just minutes. A 2015 Software Advice survey found that 97% of patients were upset at long wait times at the doctor. By offering a quicker and more convenient alternative, patients are much more likely to get frequent checkups and seek treatment from doctors. Optical telemedicine has specifically addressed the issue of inefficient vision exams, allowing patients to obtain an updated eyeglass or contact lens prescription in a much more timely manner. Smart Vision Exams take just 5 minutes, with no appointment necessary, while also eliminating the need for a doctor to be conducting the exam. By being able to review the exam results at their own convenience, doctor’s are able to prescribe eye prescriptions much quicker and in much greater volume. Smart Vision Lab’s CEO, Yaopeng Zhou, even predicts that just one telemedicine doctor could write a number of prescriptions ten times that of a doctor in a traditional healthcare system. With efficiency improvements to both patients and doctors, telemedicine significantly benefits both parties.

Reduces unnecessary in-person visits:

One of the primary issues that telemedicine tries to address is reducing the number of unnecessary in-person doctor visits. A recent study found that almost 75% of all doctor, urgent care, or ER visits are either unnecessary or could be handled effectively over a telecommunications platform. By eliminating some of these visits, doctors will be able to devote more time and efforts to providing treatment for patients that are in need of in-person care. Telemedicine essentially serves as large-scale director of traffic: sending patients to either an in-person or virtual visit, depending on their health status and the nature of their request.

As far as eye care goes, some states require patients to get an in-person eye exam in order to receive an updated contact lens prescription. But doctors from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association of Optometry suggest that healthy, asymptomatic adults don’t need an annual comprehensive eye exam. Some observers have expressed concern that prescribing eyewear remotely will lead to a reduction in the number of necessary comprehensive eye exams. However, neither evidence nor logic supports withholding improved vision from a patient to coerce a more detailed eye exam.

Many patients actually prefer it:

Many people are focused on finding more convenient, cheaper alternatives. Telemedicine exams appeal to patients precisely because of the ease and accessibility of them. Doctors are noticing that these exams are resulting in more involved, proactive patients, seeking more regular treatment. A recent study showed that 7 out of 10 patients prefer to get common prescriptions via video visits. And again, another study showed that 77% of people are interested in trying telemedicine appointments. Healthcare providers that offer such convenient and time-efficient options are likely to receive increased business from patients looking for these services.

Why you should become a telemedicine doctor - Smart Vision Labs Infographic

The future of telemedicine

The role and support of doctors in the continuance of telemedicine are vital to its success. As more patients are likely to seek providers that allow them to receive treatment at their own convenience, more doctors are likely to get on board with such technologies. Telemedicine is not just the future, it’s the present. But it continues to have substantial potential for even more growth. With care providers interested in reaping the numerous benefits from telemedicine, we are certain that the supply of telehealth doctors will quickly meet its ever-growing consumer demand, and will truly revitalize the healthcare delivery model for generations to come.

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Visit VU Frameworks in the TurnStyle underground market and get a Smart Vision Exam in 5 minutes

Shopping, Dining and Vision Exams at TurnStyle

Where can a busy NYer get chic new glasses, an updated prescription, and an artisanal meal in under an hour?

Try looking down.

Visit VU Frameworks in the TurnStyle underground market and get a Smart Vision Exam in 5 minutes

Pop Quiz: You want to get a new pair of stylish, sophisticated and environmentally responsible glasses to show off your new hairstyle when you go out this weekend, but you need to get your eyeglass prescription updated first, and you’ve got to do it all during your lunch hour and still find time to silence the grumbling in your belly.

Answer: Check out VU Frameworks in the ultra-chic TurnStyle underground market below Columbus Circle. Conveniently located in what is arguably one of the easiest locations to get to quickly from anywhere in New York City, VU Frameworks is surrounded by upscale shops selling hand-made stationery, ultra-chic messenger bags, and a variety of tasty delicacies ranging from artisanal donuts and savory French Crepes, to critically acclaimed grilled cheese sandwiches, Bolivian Saltenas, and Taiwanese dumplings.

Not only can you satisfy your hunger for food, but you can also satisfy your hunger for fashion – especially the fashion that sits on your face. VU Frameworks creates eyewear with an Urban Zen style. Even better, every faux wooden frame in their collection is designed to raise awareness of the strains consumerism puts on nature.

Vu Frameworks - Smart Vision Labs partnerAh, you say, but what about updating your prescription? You don’t have time to wait for an appointment with your eye doctor, and you don’t have the time to spend waiting in an office for a separate eye exam. Never fear, VU Frameworks Owner Nai Wang has got you covered there, too.

Nai is all about meeting the needs of her customers, some of the most demanding, most discriminating, high energy and time-challenged working professionals in the world. She recently began offering Smart Vision Labs’ 5-Minute Vision Exam, the revolutionary smartphone-based technology that can get you in and out of her store in less time than it takes you to finish your Espresso Affogato, and give you your new prescription in less than 24 hours thanks to cutting edge optical telemedicine.

Chic and convenient? Environmentally aware, technologically advanced, and fashion forward? Yes, to all of the above.

And you’ll find it all down below Columbus Circle, at VU Frameworks in the TurnStyle underground market.

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New Visionaries Program Recognizes Leading Eyecare Professionals

Smart Vision Labs’ New Visionaries Program Recognizes Leading Eyecare Professionals

New York, NYFebruary 9, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (https://www.smartvisionlabs.com), the world leaders in providing telehealth eye exams that empower consumers to get their vision tested quickly without seeing a doctor, announced the launch of their new Visionaries Program. The program identifies, recognizes and promotes eye care professionals including Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians and leaders of NGOs involved in bringing greater access to vision care around the world. Visionaries look at the current system and think, “We can do better.” They embrace change with an understanding that new technology enables new solutions, more affordable options, and more opportunities. These are the individuals that move industries forward. These are the agents of change, even in stagnant industries that haven’t changed in generations.

According to Josef Katz, Chief Marketing Officer, there are 240 million Americans who 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. The industry is not serving the needs of consumers,  which is an area where personalizing telemedicine can help. Telemedicine also promotes ownership of one’s own medical data, and with Smart Vision Labs, prescriptions are always accessible with a click of a button.

Katz describes the company’s mission as “enlarging the pie for everyone in the industry.” “Greater access to vision testing will lead more people to think about their eyes, get corrective lenses and learn more about the importance of regular eye health exams. When this happens everyone wins. The Visionaries program matches our mission perfectly. We identify leaders who want to help the eye care industry evolve and grow. When our partners around the world report business growth and inbound leads for their services, we know the program is working.”

In addition to eye care professionals, the program will also recognize visionaries in the corporate world who offer on-site vision testing as part of, or to supplement, their corporate wellness program. Wellness screenings are an extension of Smart Vision Labs’ expanding telemedicine network of stores in NY and CA who are offering on-site Smart Vision Exams. The Smart Vision Exam uses the same advanced technology developed for LASIK to capture a person’s vision correction prescription. The data is sent to a remote network of eye doctors who provide new or updated eyeglass prescriptions. The whole vision test takes about 5 minutes and customers can access their prescription online, within 24 hours. The Smart Vision exam measures a customer’s visual acuity, refractive error, pupillary distance, and current prescriptions (if applicable), while also collecting answers to basic health questions. The test is available to healthy adults between 18-60. If customers haven’t had a full eye exam within the last two years, a full eye health exam is recommended.

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. Smart Vision Exams are currently available in over 50 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 50,000 vision tests have been performed to date in 23 countries, including in partnership with numerous nonprofits and NGOs providing eye-care services to underserved populations here in the US, as well as in India, China and Africa.

The growing network of partners offering 5-Minute Vision Exams currently includes: Bauer Optical, Devonshire Optical, EuroOptika, Kalmus Optical, Modern Day OptX, Vint & York, Visual Optique, Digital Optiks, Strand Pharmacy Optical, Marine Park Family Vision, EyeCrave Optics, Vu Frameworks, Thosoo Eyewear, and 92nd Eye all located in the NYC area. In California, premier partners include Brighter Optical, Sun’s Up Optical, Daas Optique – Los Angeles, Daas Optique – San Diego, Devlyn Optical Walnut Park, Devlyn Optical Chino, Devlyn Optical Panorama City, Devlyn Curacao Chino, Devlyn Curacao DTLA, A B See Optical, 9FIVE Optical – Los Angeles, 9FIVE Optical San Diego, Hye Optic- Los Angeles, Hye Optic-Glendale, Eyetailor, Palo Alto Eyeworks, Valencia Eyewear, Eclipse Eyewear and Garrett Leight California Optical.

If you are interested in providing Smart Vision Exams technology in your store or joining the Visionaries Program, contact sales@smartvisionlabs.com

 


Affordable Care Act and Eye Exams - Smart Vision Labs

Smart Vision Exam: An Act of Affordable Care

You use your sense of vision all the time but when was the last time you used your vision insurance? If you even have it.

Individuals and insurance companies alike tend not to see vision coverage as an essential healthcare cost. This leaves many people forgoing vision insurance, either to save money or because it was just not included in their healthcare plan.

The Statistics

This creates a gap in the amount of people who need vision care and those who actually receive it. In the United States, the number of Americans who need some kind of vision correction is 240 million. But each year, only 114 million eye exams are done.

Accessibility is a concern as well. If you live in a major city, you may not even realize this is a problem right here in America. Each eye doctor, on average, would have to provide care to five thousand people. That comes out to over 13 patients a day, every day, including weekends and holidays.

One of the healthcare-related problems the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to reduce is the number of Americans who are underinsured. These are people who did not previously have insurance, either due to being unable to afford coverage or choosing not to have it. Not having insurance for either reason left those people vulnerable to high healthcare costs. However, the ACA does continue the trend of not considering vision care a health issue and does not require vision insurance or for companies to offer it.

The Service

This is where Smart Vision Labs comes in. They recognize the importance of vision care and seek to provide it in a way that is affordable and accessible to as many people as possible.

Using telemedicine, they are able to provide alternative health solutions in the area of vision care. Instead of waiting for an eye doctor, a 5-Minute Vision Exam allows a person (even without vision insurance) to take control of their eyes. You will still receive an accurate prescription for glasses or contacts but you also get the benefits of affordable care and convenient scheduling. Smart Vision Labs believes everyone should be receiving vision care, whether their insurance agrees or not.

And that’s really the entire purpose of this government mandate: to enable everyone, everywhere to have access to medical care. It’s a sense of empowering people to take control of their health. It’s a way to partner with people to create both the motivation and the means to enjoy a state of health.

The Solution

This is also accomplished through the 5-Minute Vision Exam. Patients will actually have “ownership” of the medical data that was collected and analyzed at the exam by accessing a password-protected portal. Any prescriptions will be easily accessible and kept in their account for future reference and for them to be able to chart any changes in their eye health.

While the focus of Smart Vision Labs is eye care and providing convenient and affordable ways to promote that, there is another ‘vision’ to consider. That’s the ‘vision’ of empowering people to have regular eye exams and to take an active part in their eye health. And they do that by giving people a way to act on affordable care.

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Your Amazing Eyes and How to Keep Them Amazing

Do you work as hard as your body does to protect your eyes?

Your body “knows” how much you rely on your eyes and vision. It does too. The eyes are what collect much of the information your brain uses to process ideas and respond to your world. Because of their importance, the eyes are protected by many defense mechanisms which the body uses to keep them both safe and in good working order.

Natural Protection

Only about one-sixth of the eyes are visible. The rest of them are protected by the skull. Although the part we can see is more of an almond shape, the full structure of the eye is shaped closer to a sphere, or a ball. The eyeball sits in a protective “cup” of bone called the eye socket or orbit. In addition to housing most of the eyeball, the eye socket also protects the rest of the structures the eye needs to function, like nerves to transmit information, muscles to move, and blood vessels to nourish.

Obviously, in order to see, some of your eye needs to be exposed. Even though this part of the eye lacks a casing of skeleton, it is better protected than it might appear.

Eyelashes and Eyebrows

The rest of your eyes’ physical protection comes from two things associated more with appearance than defense: eyelashes and eyebrows. While you may be waxing your brows or putting on mascara to enhance your style, both are working to keep things out of your eyes.

As eyelashes are right next to the eyes they’re protecting, they have quite a few functions. They can act as sensors to make you shut your eyes if something gets too near, reacting like your pet’s whiskers. Did you ever wonder why you instinctively squint when looking at bright light? Your eyelashes work a bit like blinds in a window to darken the view so you can see better. They act like a brush for airborne particles, sweeping dirt and dust out and away from your eyes. This works for water as well – the crescent shape allows liquids to slide along the eyelash and away from the eye itself.

That last one is a primary function of the eyebrows. Like eyelashes, their slightly curved shape redirects water on your face, like rain or sweat, away from your eyes.

Sometimes things do get by these barriers and manage to poke us in the eye (and, ironically, it’s usually an eyelash). For this case, there are tears. These work to flush the object out of your eye and also clean up any bacteria left behind. If that eyelash is really stuck, it’s better to help your eyes wash the object out with water or eye drops instead of rubbing them (which just irritates them more).

Your Part?

But even with all these means the body has to protect your eyes, it still needs your help. Despite the mechanisms your body has to protect your eyes, it can’t do much about decreasing vision quality or eye health issues.

Vision exams will alert you to changes in your sight which may have developed so gradually you didn’t notice them. Corrective eyewear with a current prescription will allow your eyes to do their job without struggling causing you eye strain. If you wear contact lenses, clean and replace them as recommended and take them out at night to sleep. This helps to prevent irritation as well as stops bacteria from collecting on the lenses. Sunglasses (especially when outdoors around midday) will protect your eyes from damaging and dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Your body works hard to keep your eyes safe and healthy. Are you doing your part to help?

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Smart Vision Labs Releases New e-Book on Nine Reasons to Add On-Site Vision Exams to Your Employee Wellness Program

New York, NYFebruary 2, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (https://www.smartvisionlabs.com), the world leaders in providing telehealth eye exams, released a new ebook outlining 9 important reasons companies should add on-site vision screenings to their employee wellness programs. The free e-book, “Nine Big-Payback Reasons to Add Vision Coverage to Your Employee Wellness Program,” is available for free download from the site: https://www.smartvisionlabs.com/nine-reasons-add-vision-coverage-employee-wellness-program/

According to Jennifer Mele, Director of Business Development, there is compelling data contained in the e-book that will resonate with corporate benefits managers. “Some benefits professionals may not be aware  that 79% of employees suffer from at least one daily vision disturbance (like headaches or eyestrain) at work. Or that employees lose 60 hours of productivity each year because of eye-focusing issues. How much of the $22 billion lost annually in the United States from uncorrected vision is coming straight off their company’s bottom line? These statistics don’t just affect one company – they affect them all!”

Mele cites a recent study which revealed that only 37.3% of employees with vision insurance actually used it during a 2-year period. And the two biggest reasons employees don’t get their vision tested turns out to be that vision exams are perceived as time-consuming and inconvenient. The e-book includes data from these studies, along with suggestions as to how to overcome these barriers to employee health and productivity.

Smart Vision Labs works with companies interested in offering on-site vision testing as part of, or to supplement, their corporate wellness program. Wellness screenings are an extension of Smart Vision Labs expanding telemedicine network of stores in NY and CA who are offering on-site Smart Vision Exams. The Smart Vision Exam uses the same advanced technology developed for LASIK to capture a person’s vision correction prescription. The data is sent to a remote network of eye doctors who provide new or updated eyeglass prescriptions. The whole vision test takes about 5 minutes and customers can access their prescription online, within 24 hours. The Smart Vision exam measures a customer’s visual acuity, refractive error, pupillary distance, and current prescriptions (if applicable), while also collecting answers to basic health questions. The test is available to healthy adults between 18-60. If customers haven’t had a full eye exam within the last two years a full eye health exam is recommended.

With Smart Vision Lab’s new 5-Minute Vision Exams, companies can offer their employees a solution that is easy and convenient for their employees, and affordable to the company. 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.

The growing network of partners offering 5-Minute Vision Exams currently includes: Bauer Optical, Devonshire Optical, EuroOptika, Kalmus Optical, Modern Day OptX, Vint & York, Visual Optique, Digital Optiks, Strand Pharmacy Optical, Marine Park Family Vision, EyeCrave Optics, Vu Frameworks, Thosoo Eyewear, and 92nd Eye all located in the NYC area. In California, premier partners include Brighter Optical, Sun’s Up Optical, Daas Optique – Los Angeles, Daas Optique – San Diego, Devlyn Optical Walnut Park, Devlyn Optical Chino, Devlyn Optical Panorama City, Devlyn Curacao Chino, Devlyn Curacao DTLA, A B See Optical, 9FIVE Optical – Los Angeles, 9FIVE Optical San Diego, Hye Optic- Los Angeles, Hye Optic-Glendale, Eyetailor, Palo Alto Eyeworks, Valencia Eyewear, Eclipse Eyewear and Garrett Leight California Optical.

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. Smart Vision Exams are currently available in over 50 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 50,000 vision tests have been performed to date in 23 countries, including in partnership with numerous nonprofits and NGOs providing eye-care services to underserved populations here in the US, as well as in India, China and Africa.

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


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Bauer Optical Taps Smart Vision Exams to Assist with Optometrist Shortage in Westchester, NY

Bauer Optical in Hastings-on-Hudson NY can now easily check their customer’s vision in less than five minutes and get them an updated prescription with the help of Smart Vision Exams.

New York, NYJanuary 26, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (https://www.smartvisionlabs.com), the world leaders in providing telehealth eye exams, welcome Bauer Optical to their expanding network of New York City area stores offering on-site Smart Vision Exams. The Smart Vision Exam uses the same advanced technology developed for LASIK to capture a person’s vision correction prescription. The data is sent to a remote network of eye doctors who provide new or updated eyeglass prescriptions. The whole vision test takes about 5 minutes and customers can access their prescription online, within 24 hours. The Smart Vision exam measures a customer’s visual acuity, refractive error, pupillary distance, and current prescriptions (if applicable), while also collecting answers to basic health questions. The test is available during store hours to healthy adults between 18-60. If customers haven’t had a full eye exam within the last two years a full eye health exam is recommended.

Bauer Optical, is located at 45 Main St, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706 and is owned by Ed Klotz. When their regular OD went on maternity leave and reduced her availability to a few days a month, Ed started looking for a new OD, in order to continue providing the highest level of customer service. Unfortunately, the search turned out to be remarkably difficult in this small village, even though he offered attractive fees. He scoured the area, turning to medical school alumni lists, lists of fill-in doctors, and even Craig’s List.

“90% of my customers want to be in and out for their glasses (don’t want to wait so long for a doctor),” said Ed Klotz owner of Bauer Optical. “The Smart Vision Exam was the solution to my OD shortage and the accuracy of the prescriptions has been great. Our customers love their new glasses.”

“Bauer Optical is a great example for our business. They were challenged with finding an optometrist to work in their store and when they were unable to find an OD so they turned to us and adopted our technology,” said Yaopeng Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Smart Vision Labs. “As our first partner in Westchester, Ed has been a visionary in how he adopted our technology to his business, and he is seeing great business results.”

Bauer Optical joins our growing network of NY partners offering 5-Minute Vision Exams, which currently includes: Devonshire Optical, EuroOptika, Kalmus Optical, Modern Day OptX,, Vint & York, Visual Optique, Digital Optiks, Strand Pharmacy Optical, Marine Park Family Vision, EyeCrave Optics, Vu Frameworks, Thosoo Eyewear, and 92nd Eye all located in the NYC area.

Optical store owners who don’t always have the ability to offer on-site prescription for glasses or contact lens renewals can now use the Smart Vision Labs telemedicine platform to grow their business. Optical stores no longer have to send customers away for a prescription and can now service them while creating a better, faster, more convenient user experience and providing high quality glasses with fewer remakes than other techniques. Smart Vision Lab partners have reported an ROI on the service that exceeds 500%.

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.

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. Smart Vision Exams are currently available in over 50 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 50,000 vision tests have been performed to date in 23 countries, including in partnership with numerous nonprofits and NGOs providing eye-care services to underserved populations here in the US, as well as in India, China and Africa.

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

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Many Headaches Can Be Prevented by Eye Exams - Smart Vision Labs

Why Many Headaches Can Be Prevented by Vision Exams

Why Headaches Are the Leading Cause of Employee Absenteeism . . . and Why Many Headaches Can Be Prevented by Vision Exams

“Headaches cause substantial individual impact on work productivity and employer and societal burden from direct medical costs, lost work time, and underemployment, and, in more severe persistent headache, unemployment. The lost work time costs greatly exceed medical care costs. Chronic daily headache (15 or more headache days per month) represents a widely accepted stage of pain progression that occurs in 2-4% of the population.”

“Headache and Migraine: A Leading Source of Absenteeism,” by K. Baigi and W.F. Stewart, Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 2015

When employees suffer from headaches on the job, costly problems arise. Their productivity suffers and they are more prone to make mistakes. Plus, employees who suffer from chronic headaches call in sick more often. And as we noted previously, other health problems can arise from poor or uncorrected vision, including depression, a greater likelihood of falls, and even shortened life expectancy.

Yet when a company takes steps to help employees see better and experience less eye strain, they suffer fewer headaches – and problems of absenteeism and poor productivity are reduced.

What Causes Poor Vision and Headaches on the Job

  • Poor workplace lighting. Headaches are more likely to happen when ambient light in a work area is not sufficient, or when it is provided by old fluorescent fixtures that do not emit a “natural” spectrum of colors. Eyestrain and headaches also occur when individual workstations or desks are not equipped with lights that direct sufficient illumination at documents that are being processed, products that are being assembled or repaired, etc.
  • Incorrect placement of desks and work stations. When desks are placed in front of bright windows, employees must squint to shut out background glare so they can see what they are working on. The results? Again, eyestrain and headaches.
  • Dry conditions. When a work area is not humid enough, dry eyes and eye irritation result. It is a problem that can be rectified through the use of inexpensive humidifiers.
  • Excessive computer use and failure to take work breaks. Studies from the National Institutes of Health have found that eyestrain is significantly reduced when computer-users take only four or five five-minute work breaks during the day.
  • Incorrect adjustment and placement of computer displays. When employees need to squint because bright sources of light are located behind the screens they are using, eyestrain results. Plus, strain can be caused by incorrect brightness settings on computer displays, or by settings that display text in sizes that are too small. Note that simple adjustments can usually rectify these issues.
  • Poor workstation ergonomics. In many offices, the distance is too great between desk chairs and computer displays, causing employees to squint or sit in uncomfortable positions to focus on their computer screens. Headaches, poor posture and back discomfort can result.
  • Desktop clutter. When employees’ work surfaces become cluttered, those workers are apt to work on documents that are not well lit or well positioned for visual processing. The result is again eyestrain.

Uncorrected Vision Is a Major Cause of Headaches

According to “Could Your Headaches Be Due to Vision Problems?”, an article on YourSightMatters.com, the following problems that are often caught during routine eye exams are common causes of headache:

  • Astigmatism
  • Hyperopia, or long-sightedness
  • Presbyopia, a condition in which the lens in the eye has hardened due to age
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts

The article concludes, “If you’re experiencing frequent headaches, and it’s been more than a year or two between eye exams, it’s a good idea to see your eye care provider.”

How can you add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program? Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.

Wellness Vision Exams

 

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Keys to Implementing Telemedicine - Smart Vision Labs

First International Expansion by a US Telemedicine Company. Smart Vision Labs Teams up with Germany’s Leading Online Glasses Retailer

Brille24 is the first international commercial partner to use Smart Vision Labs’ vision testing telemedicine platform.

New York, NY — January 16, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (https://www.smartvisionlabs.com), the leader in vision technology for glasses prescriptions, announced today a partnership with Brille24 (www.brille24.de), Germany’s leading online optician. The partnership means German consumers will no longer be forced to wait up to several months to see an optometrist for an eyeglass or contact lenses prescription.

Brille24 plans to use Smart Vision Exams to offer local schools and companies on-site vision exams. These efforts will provide more people with access to eyeglasses prescriptions needed correct their vision. Brille24 will evaluate how to incorporate other features of Smart Vision Labs technology into their growing glasses business.

“Our long-term goal is to solve the world’s vision problems by providing access to vision testing,” said Yaopeng Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Smart Vision Labs. “We are excited to partner with Germany’s leading glasses retailer to spread access to vision testing and allow more people to improve their vision through corrected lenses and education.”

“It is thrilling to be Smart Vision Labs first international partner to bring their telemedicine vision exam platform to a new market,” said Christophe Hocquet, Managing Director of Brille24. “We look forward to working with the team as we continue to expand our business throughout Europe and to provide faster access to vision care products and services.”

Smart Vision Lab is on a mission to help millions of Americans who require vision correction but don’t get exams due to cost, scheduling or access to vision care. Smart Vision Labs’ telemedicine platform employs lightweight, portable smartphone technology along with advanced technology developed for LASIK to capture how light travels through a person’s eye. The data is sent to a remote network of ophthalmologists who review the results and provide new or updated eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. The test takes about the same time or less than it takes to order and receive your Starbucks fix. Best of all, you don’t need to attempt to schedule an appointment or wait the customary :30-:45 minutes to see an eye doctor.

Smart Vision Labs, founded in 2013 by Yaopeng Zhou and Marc Albanese, is transforming the way people test 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.

About Brille24
Brille24 (www.brille24.de), the leading online optician in Germany, has over one million customers in 117 countries, including online presence in Benelux, France, Portugal and Spain. Brille24 has already sold 2 million glasses online and is currently expanding its offer to Eastern Europe.

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. Smart Vision Exams are currently available in over 50 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 50,000 vision tests have been performed to date in 23 countries, including in partnership with numerous nonprofits and NGOs providing eye-care services to underserved populations here in the US, as well as in India, China and Africa.

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

 


Make Your Company Safer by seeing better - Smart Vision Labs

Why Employees Who See Better Make Your Company Safer

Let’s start with a multiple- choice question . . .

Where do the largest number of non-fatal personal injuries occur in the United States?

  • In motor vehicles
  • At work
  • In the home
  • Outdoors while walking as a pedestrian, engaged in athletics, etc.

The answer to that question could come as a surprise to you. According to data compiled by the National Safety Council, by far the largest number of non-fatal personal injuries occur at work.

And here are some statistics about workplace accidents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 9 million nonfatal occupational injuries happened to Americans at work in calendar year 2015.
  • The most common cause of nonfatal injuries was exertion.
  • Other common causes of injury were trips and falls on one building level, falls from one level to another, collisions with warehouse vehicles and other moving equipment, and injuries from using tools and equipment.

What Causes Injuries Like those to Happen?
There is some truth to the old belief that sometimes accidents are not preventable, they just happen. But more often than not, injuries have identifiable causes, like these:

  1. General carelessness
  2. Carelessness when using power equipment
  3. Failure to use required safety apparel like helmets or protective clothing
  4. Failure to follow required procedures when using equipment
  5. Overreaching and losing balance while on a ladder
  6. Experiencing pain or lack of control after performing repetitive motions for too long
  7. Reckless or careless operation of indoor machines like forklifts or outdoor vehicles like trucks
  8. Fatigue or exhaustion
  9. Failure to see approaching vehicles or moving equipment because of insufficient light, excessive glare from sunlight, or other causes
  10. Visually misjudging distances, alignments of materials to be loaded, and other factors
  11. Vehicular accidents caused by driver fatigue, bad lighting conditions, and sun and/or roadway glare

Which of Those Problems Can Be Corrected by Vision Care?
Note that of the causes of accidents above, numbers 8 through 11 can be traced to vision problems. For example, fatigue often results when employees are not wearing vision-correcting eyeglasses or contact lenses. And problems 9 through 11 are not only linked to vision problems, they directly attributable to them.

So the message is that your workplace will become safer, and your worker will experience fewer accidents, when their vision has been tested and corrected with appropriate contact lenses or eyeglasses. A further lesson? Investing in a company-wide program of vision testing can repay you with a safer workplace, greater employee well being and reduced insurance costs.

What Is the Solution?

Add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program. Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.

Wellness Vision Exams

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