5 Stars By Mr. Kevin Cox on 2017-09-06
Learning curve but worth it
Kinda weird to figure out at first, but once you do, you can haul ass and test both eyes in under ten minutes.
Just ordered new glasses with the new numbers and there's a lil' difference from the old prescription, which is good- my eyes are worse than back then!
Seems like a neat way to update your scripts without having to pay a dr every 6 months (my eyes are going to hell fast these days).
1 Stars By Sharon Fowler on 2017-09-04
Didn't work with Droid phone.
3 Stars By Demetrio D'ambrosi on 2017-09-05
1 Stars By EconWatcher on 2017-09-04
Hard to get into the correct position
3 Stars By Manny Longfellow on 2017-07-14
Gives ballpark results ... not precise enough for my purpose.
I am returning my Vision Tracker for a refund. I found it easy to use and a pleasant experience, but not precise enough to give me an accurate eyeglass prescription. I took 3 complete EyeQue tests over two days (with reliability ratings of "47", by their determination, on a scale of 4 to 52, or something like that -- anything over "40" is considered good, if I am understanding them correctly). Then, I went to the optometrist.
The EyeQue results differed from my eye exam by 0.25 diopter in 3 of the 4 diopter measurements and by 10 degrees in one of the axis measurements. The optometrist was curious, too, so we set his vision tester up with the EyeQue numbers, and made a comparison. Subjectively, the EyeQue determined values gave a noticeably blurred view in comparison tot he convention eye exam determined values.
Getting to within 0.25 D is all EyeQue claims, so cheers to that, ... but since I found that that amount of variance was not good enough to give a prescription for crisp vision, I find no useful application for the EyeQue device. I will go back to my old methods of looking at nighttime stars to see how "pinpoint" they are, and judging my degree of headache after 3 hours of reading to decide when I need to get my prescriptions updated. Cheers.
4 Stars By Michael J. Edelman on 2017-06-09
Clever, even useful, but no substitute for a professional eye exam.
I've had mine for three days, during which Ive given myself several tests in an effort to gather enough points to get the machine to give me an official report. How and when it chooses to do this is not revealed to the user, other than that it has something to do with consistency and how much time you take to do the test.
My personal experience is that it's very easy to test your dominant eye, less your you non-doimnant eye. It's also difficult to use if you have deep set eyes, as I do. Practice helps, though, and my most recent test went much faster than my first, and it's within a quarter diopter of my last exam from an ophthalmologist. There's no denying that this is a clever device, and you can't help but be impressed at how well it works. But is it useful?
I suppose if you're wondering if your prescription has changed, or you wanted to continuously track your vision because of some particular medical issue, it might be useful. You certainly wouldn't want to use it to order glasses, though, as the makers only guarantee an accuracy of a quarter diopter at best, and you might not get that. It won't test you for glaucoma, and everyone over 35 or 40 should certainly get a yearly glaucoma test. It also can't detect a narrowing visual field, or damage to the retina, any of a dozen other things your ophthalmologist or optometrist will check.
I suspect the technology used in this device will eventually be part of an accurate, fully automated eye check system that will bring down the cost of eye care for everyone, and that's a good thing. But by buying this now, all you're really doing is buying an amusing toy and helping finance someone's experiments. You can get a full eye exam at Costco and elsewhere for not that much more than this toy costs, and i think that's a better way to spend your money.
I received a long and thoughtful email from a John Serri at EyeQue who argued that a quarter diopter is well within the acceptable accuracy for an optometric exam, and as I don't have data that says otherwise, I'll grant him that point. He didn't address my points about intraocular pressure tests for glaucoma- very important if you're over 35- field of vision tests, or the various retinopathies that opthomologosts and optometrists check for in an exam. For that reason I'm standing by my statements that while this is a clever and impressive technology, it's no substitute for a proper eye exam. My local Costco does them for $60 and you don't have to be a member. I'm sure similar deals can be found elsewhere.
(In case you're wondering, I am not an optic professional, and I have no family or business connections to anyone who is.)
3 Stars By Mastiff on 2017-08-05
Cool idea, a little rough around the edges
I want to start by saying that I think it is awesome that someone is doing something to empower people to track their vision independently of optometrist visits. I personally find optometry practice annoying in the way it cranks people through and the way the business model is all about selling expensive frames. I'm totally the target audience for this because I pay close attention to my prescription and how it changes, and I often buy glass on-line.
Having said all that, this device is a little awkward to use and takes a long time. I had to do the whole procedure 3 or 4 times before it would give me any numbers. The procedure itself is a little confusing. I think I was doing it properly, but was never 100% sure (in particular, it tells you to focus at something in the distance, while also paying attention to the little red/green lines in the device). When I got my numbers, they were similar to my recent prescription, but not identical. Specifically, they got the "spherical equivalent" correct, but the astigmatism (cylinder) was too low. I'm not disappointed, since I went into this thinking of it like an experiment, but I can't recommend it to someone who simply wants something that works easily right out of the box, for example to order some glasses online. Based on my experience, you might not get glasses you see well out of.
5 Stars By Jay Aitchsee on 2017-08-05
Worked Better than Doctor's Prescription
I'm giving the EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker 5 stars because it provided eyeglass numbers which resulted in better glasses than two previous prescriptions by my eye doctor. I received my first prescription from my eye doctor about 6 months ago and had glasses made, but they left me with fuzzy vision. I went back to the doctor, received another prescription and had another pair of glasses made which also left me with fuzzy vision, so I decided to try the EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker.
The PVT has a bit of a learning curve to master the technique involved, but the EyeQue Website and the Support Staff are great. The website has a lot of good information and the support staff is outstanding in answering email and chat queries quickly and completely.
After completing about 10 tests, I felt confident that my eyeglass numbers were optimized (each subsequent test builds on the data from the preceding ones) and I used those numbers to order glasses from Zenni Optical. (The thing that changed most from one prescription to the next to the eyeglass numbers was the axis of correction for astigmatism.)
I received those glasses two days ago and have been wearing them since. They are perfect! No fuzzy vision.
Would the EyeQue PVT work for everyone? I don't know, but it worked for me, though my eyes aren't too bad - a little age related loss of acuity and mild astigmatism in each eye. Perhaps it wouldn't work as well for someone with quite complex issues, but the fact that the EyeQue PVT has been demonstrated to work, costs less than a typical Doctor's refraction, and can be used as many times as desired, certainly makes it worth the risk, in my opinion.
Before purchase, make sure to check the EyeQue website to ensure compatibility with your particular smartphone. Not all phones are compatible.
5 Stars By Fair Witness on 2017-07-09
I just got my first pair of distance glasses based on the prescription that the EyeQue gave me, and I am quite impressed. I am 59, with moderate nearsightedness. I took 5 tests on the EyeQue to be sure I was using it right. I have been getting my glasses from Zenni online for about 8 years now.
Initially the app told me it needed higher resolution before it could start. It turned out my galaxy 6 edge was not set to the highest possible display resolution. Once I changed the settings to increase the resolution, the app worked fine.
When doing the eye tests, you need to move the device around just slightly until you see the red/green/yellow colors as described in the instructions. I also found it useful when using the +/- controls to move the red/green bars slightly past each other, and then reverse direction to bring them back into alignment, to make sure you are not stopping short. Slight angle changes will make the yellow disappear. Don't trust that you have the bars aligned if you can't see the yellow color.
I was confused at first as to why the spherical values displayed in the line graphs are different than in the prescription summary, but I took the leap of faith and used the summary to order glasses, and it worked out great. I guess there is some math going on that is not obvious.
5 Stars By Steven L. on 2017-06-26
After an initial problem with their application not recognizing my phone it is now working.
A better or clearer message from the application would be better.