Smart Vision Labs’ New Visionaries Program Recognizes Leading Eyecare Professionals

New York, NYFebruary 9, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (, 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