Online vision tests are more popular and prolific than ever, and ECPs are not being left behind
TTHE PANDEMIC has convinced us that virtual optometry is here to stay. ZEISS and Warby Parker’s apps allow patients to perform physician-supervised tests at home. New companies are working with doctors and examining offices to make it easier to test patients using virtual reality applications. Virtual Field started in Brooklyn four years ago and its competitor, Olleyes, launched VisuALL in March 2020. Unlike other virtual smartphone assessments, their platforms use an AI VR headset to guide a patient through tests. visual field. “We are able to give doctors another way of providing care,” explains Jorge Fernandez de Olleyes. VisuALL is conducting its first large patient-using home study at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Matt Bugenhagen of Virtual Field says they modeled their proprietary software on the Humphrey so doctors can achieve similar results with a mobile device that comes with free software upgrades.
VisuALL is a virtual reality headset designed for standardized and mobile visual field assessment which will soon offer a home monitoring system.
(786) 479-9699 | olleyes.com
The ZEISS Vision Online Screening web application checks visual performance.
(866) 596-5467 | zeiss.com/us/vision
The online vision test for $ 25 allows patients to renew contacts and eyeglass prescriptions using a test administered by Visically.
Visibility’s Digital Acuity product offers a vision test and prescription for eyeglasses and contact lenses only.
Virtual Field’s VR visual field device charges a monthly subscription fee of $ 199 and connects to a website where testing can be done.
(858) 208-3536 | home.virtualfield.io
Virtual Vision Test allows eligible patients to refill their eyeglass and contact lens prescription for $ 15 using an iPhone.
(888) 492-7297 | warbyparker.com/virtual-vision-test
Smart ways to chat Web vision tests with your patients
James Fanelli, DOCape Fear Eye Institute, Wilmington, North Carolina
I have a large glaucoma practice, so we use visual fields all the time. I bought the Olleyes VR headset a few months ago and we use it alongside the Humphrey. Olleye’s VisuALL has two distinct advantages. When I do fields with it, the results correspond perfectly to those of the patients that I have treated for years. The test takes two minutes per eye and the results are easy to interpret. It gives me confidence to make the appropriate clinical decisions. Another advantage is the acceptance of our patients since everyone hates doing visual fields. Patients tell me they love to wear the headset because they can sit with their feet up instead of leaning over a peripheral bowl. They follow an AI guide, so it’s easy to use. As glaucoma patients get older, they may get more frequent visual fields.
Alexandre Leube, DODigital products at Zeiss Vision Care, Aalen, Germany
No digital product can replace a visit to an ECP, but consumer expectations have changed. Apps are used for a lot of health related activities, so it makes sense that there is now one for checking visual performance. Web applications help ECPs connect with patients online and offline. The ZEISS Vision Online Screening web application is primarily used before patients visit an optician to identify visual issues that need to be checked. It provides vision information and optical performance clues. Usually, patients underestimate when it is time to see a PKU because the deterioration of vision is gradual. Patients can be screened on a computer, tablet or phone. After screening, the user is guided to the nearest PCE via the Store Locator.