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How to Do an Eye Test Online

Eye Test Online: Key Information

In 2020, completing normal tasks from home has become the norm. Getting an eye test online, for example, is just one of the numerous socially-distanced options for getting stuff done without going out. 

Want to test your eyesight without a trip to the optician? Online vision tests are a pretty good way to make that possible.


An online eye test might check:

  • How sharp your vision is.

  • Whether you have astigmatism, a condition that can make things blurry or stretched.

  • How sensitive your eyes are to light.

  • If you have color blindness, meaning you can’t see colors correctly.

These eye tests can be helpful in some situations, like if you break or lose your glasses when you’re far from home and you need a prescription to get new ones.

Importantly, they cannot replace regular visits to your eye doctor. That’s because they are only about vision; obviously, they cannot check the health of your eyes. An online-only eye test can’t tell you if you have a condition that can seriously threaten your sight, like cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. If you think you have an infection or you’ve injured your eyes, you should see an eye doctor as soon as possible.


Who Can Take an Eye Test Online?

Online vision tests are best for healthy adults aged 18-39 who:

  • Already have a prescription for eyeglasses and it’s not very strong.

  • Have already had a complete eye exam and know their eyes are healthy.

  • Have no risks for eye disease, like diabetes or high blood pressure.

Even if you are the right age and healthy enough to take an online vision test, you should still get regular in-person eye exams as often as your eye doctor recommends.


Eye Test for Astigmatism Online

At SmartBuyGlasses, we’ve prepared this really handy eye test to help you work out whether you’ve got astigmatism. Simply follow the link here to take the test.


How to Take Online Eye Test for Glasses

It should be noted that online-only eye tests can never be fully accurate; it’s always best to visit an eye doctor. However, in the current climate, it may be a good idea to get a general idea of what your eyesight’s like before you go and see an optician.


SmartBuyGlasses Lens Scanner

The Lens Scanner from SmartBuyGlasses is one of our most forward-thinking innovations yet. Through our partnership with 6over6, we’ve introduced a new app dedicated to making vision care accessible to all. The purpose of this app is to help you find your current prescription without having to go and book an appointment at your opticians’. If you’re looking to buy prescription glasses online but don’t have your prescription, this is the tool for you. 

To start, you’ll need your glasses, a smartphone, a desktop or laptop and a standard-size card (think gift cards, ID cards, student cards etc.). You then follow a simple process which involves using your phone’s camera to scan a standardized graph.

Follow this link for more detailed instructions on how to use and download the lens scanner app!


Technologies at SmartBuyGlasses

If you’re reading this in the UK or Canada, that last paragraph must not have seemed particularly helpful. It must be said that our Lens Scanner app is currently only available in the USA and Australia, but do regularly check our website for country information.

SmartBuyGlasses is proud to host some of the eyewear industry’s most advanced online services. Here are a couple of other things that you should really look into if you’re interested in the world of eyewear:


Virtual Try-On is another service that we provide to streamline the process of buying glasses online. As an online-only retailer, we want to make sure our customers get the best experience possible before buying a great pair of glasses or sunglasses. The first step in doing this is using our great Virtual Try-On tool. This technology allows you to see what a stylish pair of sunnies will look like before you make the leap to purchasing them. This also saves a LOT of time that you could have spent waiting for multiple pairs to arrive, trying them on, sending them back, etc., etc.


Arise HD Prescription Lenses are advanced, affordable prescription lenses from Arise Collective sold exclusively at SmartBuyGlasses. The Arise Clarity Lens Collection comes packed with protective elements to provide you with an unbeatable pair of prescription glasses. From scratch resistant and anti-reflective coatings to UV 400 and superhydrophobic protection - these lenses are purpose-built to protect your eyes, no matter the conditions.

These lenses are also aspheric, making them thinner and lighter than many other prescription lenses. These high performing, durable lenses feature an innovative lens technology that provides optimal clarity and comfort from the urban jungle to the actual jungle.


Blue Light Glasses

Blue light block technology from zFORT™ is another future-proof feature present in a whole range of products at SmartBuyGlasses. Blue light is a potentially harmful, high energy visible light which comes from the sun - but, importantly, is also emitted by electronic devices. With our increasing reliance on such devices, our exposure to blue light has never been higher. 

Energy at a wavelength between 415nm and 455nm, is ‘blue light’. It can hit the retina and have a detrimental effect on vision that may lead to premature eye ageing. Our exposure to this potentially harmful form of light may also cause a whole range of other health problems. It’s important that you protect yourself every step of the way with some blue light blocking glasses.


If you’ve been interested in some of the technologies and online eye test content here, be sure to peruse the rest of our Optical Center. It’s full of articles and FAQs that are there to make eye health knowledge more accessible to all.

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