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How to run a refraction exam during a pandemic? A few key points to remember

  1. Wear a face mask and gloves during the exam
  2. Use alcohol wipes to clean the device (including the eye cup) after each patient
  3. Keep 6 feet of physical distance between store employees and patients

Make sure to watch our training video for more details!

Best Practices for Telemedicine Prescribing

Get ready to learn from veteran Doctor and legal expert, Dr. David Silverman on telemedicine platform best practices and prescribing.

Dr. Silverman takes a deep dive into the language and best practices to communicate with doctors and technicians on the Smart Vision Labs telemedicine platform.

About Dr. David Silverman, M.D., Esq.

Dr. Silverman, M.D., Esq. is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and active fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has practiced Ophthalmology for over two decades; since completing his Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 1992.

Graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in Cellular Molecular Biology, Dr. Silverman then attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia where he graduated with Honors. He then completed a year of training in Internal Medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center before entering and completing his Ophthalmology residency.

Later in his career, Dr. Silverman found that he enjoyed moonlighting as a professor at a local university where he taught Human Anatomy and Physiology courses to aspiring doctors and nurses. This helped him rediscover his love for teaching, and he joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center so that he could help teach the ophthalmologists of tomorrow.

Most recently, Dr. Silverman returned to private practice, and he is now a member of the Eye Clinic and Laser Institute in the Space Coast region of Florida.

Detecting Cataracts with Remote Wavefront Aberrometry

How the SVOne is detecting cataracts with remote Wavefront Aberrometry

Detecting cataracts and referring for comprehensive care:

Our wavefront refraction technology has the ability to detect early signs of cataract development. In this case, we demonstrate how our optometrists/ophthalmologists use Smart Vision Labs’ telemedicine platform to detect signs of early-stage cataracts and send for a comprehensive cataract referral.

The patient is an elderly gentleman visiting one of SVL’s partner eyewear retail locations. Patient went through the wavefront refraction test, and the data was reviewed by a licensed ophthalmologist. The doctor referred the patient for cataract evaluation. There are 3 data points standing out about the patient.

  1. Patient age is 75 years old, in the high possibility zone of developing cataracts.
  2. Patient’s unaided Visual Acuity for both eyes is 20/200.
  3. The wavefront images for both OD and OS show symptoms of light blockage in lens pathway; indicated by the red circles.

Exploring Mobile Vision Care

Good Hope Ministries distributes over 10,000 pairs of reading and prescription glasses a year in Malawi Africa using their SVOne device. The Good Hope team travels to about 90-100 villages each year, in 2019 they helped about 15-60 patients in each rural village.

Good Hope has received a second SVOne will now be able to open a walk-in eye clinic at their head office in February. They are expected to see at least 20-30 people a day in their new office.

All glasses are given free of charge in the villages and at the home base clinic, they charge $1.00 for a pair of glasses.

They are also able to give away 40-60 pairs of reading glasses in each village. Good Hope also visits four prisons in Malawi and distributes glasses there. They have tried other autorefractors, but now only use the SVOne. The SVOne works very well for the mobile vision care they provide.


Customer Spotlight: Empowering your Store

After using SVL for over two years, what stories do you have with your customers? 

We had a customer in her early-twenties visit our LA stores. She did a quick Smart Vision exam and had a pair of glasses later that day, she put them on and walked over to the mirror. She started screaming at the top of her lungs, yelling bloody murder. “I can see every line on my face.” She saw every detail in her face. It was a scary day in the store. This customer wouldn’t have glasses without SVL. The retail optician environment was key to helping this customer. She didn’t believe she needed glasses. We encourage her to try the Smart Vision exam in what ultimately helped her to have corrected vision. Now that she’s aware she does not see 20/20, she is more likely to go to an eye Doctor.

Why did you choose Smart Vision Labs?

What appealed to us about SVL was the convenience for customers. A lot of our clientele work within Hollowood and are short on time. People don’t have time, but they need to see. We still recommend they schedule a visit with their Doctor, but our customers need something that works for them today. You can’t always squeeze in a Dr’s appointment in your schedule, but you can still squeeze in an SVL exam. A Doctor can’t be there seven days a week, but an optician can. These are some of the benefits of a retail optician environment. We have a Doctor at some of our locations and still work with Smart Vision.

How has SVL made a difference in your business? 

When customers bring in their prescriptions, we fill it correctly, but they are only going to see as well as that prescription. With SVL, we can see the visual acuity and Dr’s notes and make sure the patient’s expectation and the prescription are aligned. There is an expectation of, “you made my glasses, why am I not seeing perfectly.” We can only send them back to their optometrist. Using SVL, we can get that feedback to the Doctor immediately. We have more of a direct impact on getting our customers the right pair of glasses. I think it’s a win. It lets us fully take care of our customers.

Any tips for SVL users?

We have a document that we have created that encourages customers to get a Doctor eye visit and explains that the SVL isn’t a comprehensive eye exam. We clarify that the customer still needs to go to a Doctor for the eye health check. I recommend being transparent about this not being a replacement for an eye exam.

Customer Spotlight: Becoming Profitable in 3 Months

Customer Spotlight with National Optical

How long did it take you to make a profit with the SVOne?

I broke even in about three months. I twas quite fast! We used to lose clients when they were told they had to wait for the one day that the doctor was in. With SVOne, however, I can do the exams every day. This has made business more stable and consistent. It’s less stressful and I save $500/week on human resources and other expenses.

Who is your average customer?

Our location is in a supermarket in Brooklyn that is busy with shoppers, so I get a variety of customers who come from diverse backgrounds. I get a mix of both walk-ins and word of mouth referrals.

How do customers respond to Smart Vision Exams? 

They love it for the convenience, speed, and accuracy. The exams take only five minutes. Vision exams used to be a three-person or two-person process. Now, it’s a one-person process. It’s more personable this way.  Since I am the only one doing the refractions and recommending lenses, they trust me more, and I can form closer relationships with them.  I have built a very strong personal connection with a lot of my clientele after using the SVOne device.

What tips about using the SVOne can you share?

The darker the room, the better. Turn off the lights as much as possible. I take the machine into a dark room so that I can catch the refraction quickly.

on-site vision exams - Smart Vision Labs

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 (, 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:

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

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, 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.

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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.

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Why Your New Employees Need Vision Tests Before They Start Training

Corporate Vision Tests with Smart Vision Labs

Why Your New Employees Need Vision Tests Before They Start Training

Every year before schoolchildren start school in September, their parents take them to have vision tests. Those attentive parents are smart. They know that students must . . .

  • Have good distance vision so they can see projections, words and images that are displayed on whiteboards and blackboards.
  • Have corrected near vision that enables them to read books, tablets and computer displays.
  • Be free from headaches and eye strain that result from uncorrected, or incorrectly corrected, vision.

And Yet . . .

When most companies hire new employees, they do not consider the question of vision at all. They send their new hires into training sessions in classrooms without considering that they could have poor vision that could hinder their ability to absorb important information and learn key concepts.

The message? Giving vision tests to new hires is a small investment that can dramatically increase the effectiveness of training new hires.

What Vision Problems Can Limit Training Effectiveness?

Your pre-training vision tests for new employees should include screening for these common problems:

  • Astigmatism – This very common, and very correctible, condition occurs when the shape of the lens in the eye is not perfectly symmetrical or round. That causes distortions – vertical lines may appear heavier than horizontal lines (or vice versa), for example, or a perfect circle may appear out of round. In virtually all cases, this condition can be easily corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Eye misalignments – These issues are common in school children, but can persist undiagnosed in adults too. Misalignments make it difficult to perform virtually all vision activities and often lead to headaches. Surgery may sometimes be required, but in the great majority of cases other remedies will solve the problem, including exercises and specialized prescription eyeglasses.
  • Myopia (nearsightedness) This condition is diagnosed when an image that comes into the eye is focused in front of the retina instead of clearly onto it. This condition can be easily diagnosed. The good news? It is easily treated with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Farsightedness – This condition exists when the image that comes into the eye is focused behind the retina. Individuals who suffer from it enjoy good distance vision, but blurry vision when reading or looking at objects that are close. Again, this condition is easy to diagnose during an eye exam, and easy to correct with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

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


Wellness Vision Exams and Corporate Vision Tests with Smart Vision Labs

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