You might have heard about online eye exams. Maybe you’ve even considered taking one so that you can skip the drive to your eye doctor’s office. That might not be the best idea, however, as an online test is not sufficient to take the place of a regular eye exam near you.
There are several places online that offer the opportunity to take an eye test from the comfort of your own home. These tests utilize a series of lines, shapes, and letters to assess your vision in as little as half an hour. You can even get your test results verified by an optometrist, who can then issue an eyeglass prescription. The problem with this seemingly convenient alternative is that online vision tests can only measure visual acuity and refractive error. Some tests can also branch out to test for vision issues like color blindness and light sensitivity. While all these are important components to how your eyes are functioning, online vision tests cannot assess your overall eye health. The only way to test for serious vision problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration is with a comprehensive eye exam from your optometrist.
If you’re curious about it, you can take an online eye exam for a general idea of that status of your vision. However, for a truly accurate assessment of your eye health, it’s best to leave it to our professionals at Prairie Eye Care in Winnipeg.
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