Nothing Beats Good Eyesight
It would be hard to pick one of the senses ahead of vision — being able to see and see correctly is the best thing a person can have. The advent of glasses to supplement and enhance vision is a tool that has become ubiquitous for many and few consider it an “attachment” to their body like something out of Star Trek’s Borg. But since vision can change over the years due to aging, not to mention an individual’s body makeup, the need to regularly have eye examinations and eye exams makes a lot of sense. But if there was a way to get an indication of how one’s eyes were doing — a device that didn’t require going to a doctor’s office especially in these trying times — that would be good. Even if a visit would be needed; that you could have a handle on knowing that you needed a visit would be helpful rather than waiting to make an appointment months later. So that’s where the EyeQue Insight Smartphone Vision Screener comes in. Because it provides an easy method for testing visual acuity at home — which is to say testing and tracking your eye sight. And that’s whether or not you’ve got glasses or contacts on or not.
What Is EyeQue?
But before anything else, a necessary disclaimer that this shouldn’t be considered a substitute for taking an eye exam or ignoring going to a doctor or any of that. Use the EyeQue as an indicator — an information tool — but not to then say “no eye doctor exam or visit to an eye doctor for me.” Okay? Good.
EyeQue consists of a pair of white or black goggles (with a cover to keep things clean between uses) and a storage bag to keep them from getting all dusted. No batteries and there doesn’t seem to be any electronics embedded in the goggles, so what gives? The “gives” is that the goggles work in tandem with the electronics found in a smartphone, which fit against the goggles and can be of 4.7” screen size or larger (but must have a resolution of 300 dpi or greater). Of course this necessitates that there is an app (iOS/Android) and so there is.
Begin With the Procedures
So a couple of procedures must be followed before one can do a test — and since multiple people can use the goggles (remember to clean between uses) and the tests can be had whenever one wants, we’re talking about having an account for EyQue, but not multiple charges for same. In fact the single account that is started comes with a free subscription, so the basic cost of EyeQue is in buying it ($89.00 retail). With the app downloaded, going through opening the account needs inputting the goggles’ serial number and then following a few more instructions. It’s pretty simple
So now you’ll be able to test one’s visual acuity as well as color sensitive and contrast sensitivity. Basically that means you can find out if you’re seeing 20/20 - 20/400 with each eye (independent and together); whether you’ve a color deficiency level and the type — tritanopia, deuteranopia, protanopia; and the level of your ability to discern varying shades of light and dark.
The Set Up
So now to physically set it up. Taking the goggles in hand, the smartphone is placed against the outside back and secured with a strap so that one can look at it from the front. Prior to doing that, a dial on the goggles is set for the pupillary distance — this is done using the app and is placed against the forehead above the eyebrows (having help with this is pretty much needed). With the app up and running and set for the profile of the person who is going to be using it, one sits down or stands as is felt most comfortable (remember, no ambient light is needed because the phone’s screen provides its own illumination).
Through the app there are tutorials and practice tests to get you comfortable in using EyeQue correctly, with a “kids mode” available for use with, obviously, children. This uses animated graphics and a more fun approach than what the adult will be dealing with (a shame, adults need fun too...). Basically speaking, you are looking at a representation of that chart found at the eye doctor — with the goggles now mimicking the 20 foot distance.The eyes then follow the indicated markers to note reactions and these are marked down (the optional remote makes it easy to move between test screens, while otherwise using the touch screen is required).
The EyeQue Insight Smartphone Vision Screener provides the means for getting a handle on one’s eyesight, but again is not a substitute for seeing an optometrist or a medical doctor in case there are eye issues. But for the peace of mind of having a greater knowledge of one’s eyes, it makes for perfect sense as well as being simple enough to be used. For more information, go to https://www.eyeque.com/insight/