This iPhone-Based Eye Exam Is Changing the World
Trips to the eye doctor are dreadful. Not only do the visits mean filling out paperwork, getting your eyes dilated and sitting in the waiting room forever, but they also entail the terrifying + dreaded eye chart. Thankfully, eye care is getting a much-needed digital upgrade thanks to companies like Opternative, where you can take that eye exam at your computer, and the recently funded iPhone-based SVOne. Getting ahold of some prescription lenses is rapidly becoming a lot less painful.
Smart Vision Labs’ SVOne is a recently funded “precise, portable and powerful” smartphone-based autorefractor. The iPhone + app-assisted device, with more than 200 hours of battery life, allows for eye exams to happen anywhere. From a routine visit at a nursing home or a school to the duration of a mission trip, those worldwide that previously didn’t have the accessibility to proper and affordable eye care will now have that opportunity.
With this device, in order to get a brand new prescription, all an optometrist has to do is line up the device with the eye and tap the iPhone 5s (included with the SVOne kit) to capture images. Then the software calculates the patient’s refractive error and generates a prescription in seconds. You’ll be on your way to pick out some new frames without having to complete that scary eye chart and never be terrified of a future eye exam again. When can we schedule our appointment?!
What are your thoughts on SVOne? Would you use it for your own eye exam? Share those thoughts with us in the comments.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!