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Can Cell Phones Give Eye Examinations?

POSTED ON August 6, 2010

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A group of researchers at MIT’s Media Lab have come up with a method to perform refractions using cellphones.  The test is done by having patients look into a small lens, pressing a button until two lines overlap in a way that will tell the software application what that person’s prescription is. The key point here is that this is a great application for remote areas of the world where the inhabitants there do not have the luxury of standard eye examination equipment and eye care ...

A group of researchers at MIT’s Media Lab have come up with a method to perform refractions using cellphones.  The test is done by having patients look into a small lens, pressing a button until two lines overlap in a way that will tell the software application what that person’s prescription is.

The key point here is that this is a great application for remote areas of the world where the inhabitants there do not have the luxury of standard eye examination equipment and eye care doctors and optometrists that can give routine eye examinations.  With blindness an increasing problem for various parts of the world due to the inability to correct refractive errors, this tool will be a wonderful benefit to millions of individuals.

What this tool will not be is a replacement to your annual eye examination from the best eye doctors around i.e. Dr. Tavel and his associates.  Eye exams are much more than determining your prescription and then providing you with eyeglasses or premium contact lenses.  They are important as our Indianapolis and Indiana optometrists provide a complete and thorough eye exam that includes testing for glaucoma, cataracts, muscle balance, visual acuity, depth perception and much more. At Dr. Tavel, we do much more than correct your vision; we also help you protect your vision. We go beyond the standard eye exam because we care about your health.

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