WHAT! Take Your Next Eye Exam on Your Computer
The future of eyecare is lookin’ good from where we’re sitting. And from where you are too. What if you could skip your next trip to the eye doctor and do an at-home exam from your computer? Opternative is a company in Chicago that is working on making that convenient, fast and cheap (oh yeah, we’ll get to that) dream a reality as soon as this summer.
They’ve been crafting a reliable at-home online eye test for the last year and a half and are currently trying to get the gov to approve it. When they do, it will be the very first online eye test that lets you log on and receive a prescription for glasses or contact lenses.
That means no appointments, no leaving on your lunch break or taking up weekend time waiting in waiting rooms (although we will miss trying on all those different frames while we do…). Opternative’s test will cost $35 and a licensed ophthalmologist will review your results and email you a prescription at the end. All in about 10 minutes. $35 is way cheaper than any eye exam we’ve ever had — even with insurance. And just 10 minutes?! Psh. We can’t think of any appointment in the history of appointments that has been that lickety split.
Of course, while this sounds wildly convenient (especially for anyone else who has been a member of the Four Eyes Club since age six) there would be some exceptions for those who need special contacts or have eye issues that require a hands-on exam. You would still need to visit the doc to check up on your eye health too. But if you’re in a pinch for a prescription, this is a solid-sounding option that you bet we already signed up to try.
Would you try an online eye exam? Is there another trip to the doctor you wish you could skip to do online instead? Sound off below!
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!