Are online eye exams accurate?

Eau Claire (WQOW)- An eye exam no longer has to be done in a doctors office. Online sites now offer vision tests, but is it accurate and safe?

News 18 spoke with Doctor Thomas Harvey at the Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic who said these online apps you can get on your phone are accurate for what they consider normal eyes.

Harvey said normal eyes are eyes that are falling into not-so-complicated prescription glasses.

He said while these apps are convenient, they don’t compare to in-person exams because your eyes can tell you a lot about what’s going on with the rest of your body.

“Lets say there was a bad underlying high blood pressure that, ‘hey I’m young and healthy, I never need to go to the doctor why could I have this?’ Well sometimes it can just show up for the strangest of reasons and it’s the eye doctor that tips off the rest of the medical team,” Harvey said.

Harvey said he’s not opposed to people trying it out, especially for people who can’t get out to the eye doctor or don’t have time, but he said it is hard to replace a certified eye doctor.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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