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Use Your iPhone for Your Eyes

POSTED ON April 8, 2011

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You use your iPhone to find restaurants, post to Twitter or Facebook, listen to music, or even start your car (yes, it’s true; I saw the commercial). But did you know you can also test your vision? Image courtesy of http://itunes.apple.com EyeXam is a free iPhone application created by Global EyeVentures, LLC.  According to Apple, the EyeXam was developed by two eye doctors and includes tests for color ...

You use your iPhone to find restaurants, post to Twitter or Facebook, listen to music, or even start your car (yes, it’s true; I saw the commercial).

But did you know you can also test your vision?

Image courtesy of http://itunes.apple.com

EyeXam is a free iPhone application created by Global EyeVentures, LLC.  According to Apple, the EyeXam was developed by two eye doctors and includes tests for color perception, astigmatism, eye dominance, and links to find an eye doctor and obtain more information about eyes.

Global EyeVentures reports that downloads have topped one million and the application is now available for the iPad.  There is also an EyeXam Pro designed specifically for AMD patients.

“As more and more people of all ages become dependent on their mobile phones for information, we thought it made sense to get involved with EyeXam,” said Nathalie Mullahay, global marketing manager for Bausch and Lomb.  “It is an engaging app which also helps educate consumers about cataracts and vision.”

Check out the EyeXam demo.

While the EyeXam application is a great tool, just like a school nurse’s eye test, it is only a screening and definitely not a substitute for a real exam by a board certified Indiana Optometrist.  In addition to checking for the things included in this app, Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates check for signs of nearly 40 systemic diseases through an eye exam that your iPhone can’t detect.

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