There is new technology that means we may no longer need to go to optician for eye test. The new technology is a device that is used with smartphone. The device tests our eyes and gives us number that tells us how good or bad our eyesight is. We can then take this number to optician to order pair of glasses, or order the glasses online. The new device is from startup company called EyeQue. It has been used to test eyes of 50,000 people. The company says results of the smartphone eye test are as good as the results you get by visiting optician. The simple device costs just $30. An updated version will come out later this year and will cost between $50 to $70.
EyeQue spokesman said device was better than going to visit optician. He said: "The reason for that is when you go to eye doctor, it's one moment in time. You may be having bad day. You may be nervous. The doctor may be in hurry. What we do is different measures over time. We are able to average it out, and we get better result." However, the spokesman said device wasn't replacement for the optician. An optician will check for things the device cannot check for, like cataracts and lens damage. One optician said, "the EyeQue, used correctly and regularly, could actually speed up identification" of problems which optician could then help with