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