Healthwatch: At Home Eye Exam


THE SECOND OLDEST KREWE WELCOMED THE CROWDS. FAT TUESDAY IS THE DAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY AND THE START OF LENT. ON THE HEALTH WATCH THIS MORNING, IMAGINE GETTING AN EYE EXAM AND A PRESCRIPTION FOR NEW GLASSES OR CONTACTS WITHOUT EVER LEAVING YOUR HOME. DO IT YOURSELF EYE EXAMS USE JUST A LAPTOP AND A SMARTPHONE. ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ HAS THE STORY,. Reporter: YEARLY APPOINTMENT TO THE EYE DOCTGOR STARTED TO BECOME TIRING. SO HE DECIDED TO — EYE DOCTOR STARTED TO BECOME TIRING. SO HE DECIDED TO TRY IT AT HOME. A DAY LATER HE HAD HIS NEW PRESCRIPTION IN HAND. AND HE IS NOT ALONE. AARON DALLAS, CEO AND CO- FOUNDER OF ONE OF SEVERAL ONLINE EYE EXAMS COMPANIES SAYS THEY HAVE HAD TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SIGN UP. ALL YOU NEED IS A COMPUTER AND A SMARTPHONE. Reporter: THE ONLINE EYE EXAM WHICH IS JUST A VISION TEST USING LETTERS AND SHAPES IS SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND IN AN EYE DOCTGOR’S OFFICE. OVER HERE, THIS IS INSTRUCTING ME TO COVER-UP MY LEFT EYE. I’M CHOOSING WHICH NUMBER I SEE. Reporter: ONCE YOU FINISH THE TEST, YOUR RESULTS ARE SENT TO AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST IN YOUR STATE, WHO EVALUATES THEM AND WRITES YOU A PRESCRIPTION YOU CAN USE ANYWHERE. DR. STEVEN LOOMIS, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN OPT METRIC ASSOCIATION, DOESN’T THINK SO. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THIS CAN REALLY TELL THE DOCTOR WHAT HE OR SHE NEEDS TO KNOW. Reporter: LOOMIS WORRIES PATIENTS WILL BE MISLED INTO THINKING THEY HAVE HAD A COMPLETE EYE EXAM. WHEN IN REALITY THE VISION IS ONLY A SMALL PART. I EXAM THE CORNEA, ALL THE EXTERNAL COMPONENTS OF THE EYE. Reporter: WE MAKE IT SO THAT PATIENTS CANNOT USE THE EXAM MORE THAN FOUR YEARS IN A ROW. Reporter: HE IS ENJOYING HIS NEW PRESCRIPTION NOW, BUT PLANS TO HEAD BACK TO THE EYE DOCTGOR NEXT TIME AROUND. I THINK I’LL BE ABLE TO USE THEM BOTH. RIGHT NOW THAT EYE EXAM IS ONLY FOR PATIENTS 18 TO 40

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