Researchers at MIT’s media lab have come up with a prototype Android app which lets users check their own eyesight by viewing their mobile phone screen through a special plastic lens device. The eye test software on the phone then works out the data needed to create their eye prescription in around 3 minutes. Note that it won’t be able to check out your eyes for disease like glaucoma.
The whole thing looks as though it could come in at around $2 a pop for the lens plus software and phone, which compares pretty well with pricey optician’s lab kit we reckon. Sounds like a spiffing bit of tech to us, but no doubt the optical profession will disagree if they think it interferes with
profit patient care. [Via]
Does NETRA replace optometrists? No. Our device can be thought of as a thermometer for visual performance. Just as a thermometer measures corporal temperature and does not prescribe medicine, NETRA measures the refractive error and does not necessarily prescribe glasses. NETRA allows a user to self-assess the performance of her eye over time. The goal of NETRA is to empower people, not replace optometrists.