While the advancement of medical technology is exciting, it is important to consider whether the promises of new technology are factual. There are several programs and apps on the market today that guarantee accurate online vision testing. Some companies have even claimed that their examinations are as reliable as in-person assessments.
It is important to note that the mere availability of a new vision testing app for a smartphone does not reflect on its efficacy, or how appropriate it is in its current form for the masses.
While online testing may ultimately prove to be a promising development in eyecare, there are currently significant limitations to these programs.
The drawbacks to utilizing current wired vision exams include the following:
Despite the bold claims of these networked programs, there are no current replacements for optometrists or ophthalmologists who alone can provide the kinds of essential comprehensive in-person examinations.
Far from merely being a limited or flawed tool, the most serious issues involve the consequence of people’s reliance on such tools, which can range from minor to severe. The following are just a few examples of possible downsides of such technology:
Many of those who rely on such technology end up neglecting comprehensive eye examinations and subsequent treatment essential for preventing, detecting, monitoring, and treating ocular disorders. This can be particularly harmful for those vulnerable to eye disorders.
The availability of new online vision programs are examples of technological medical advancements offering exciting possibilities for the future. While the eventual benefits may prove real, in their current forms they are unable to test overall eye health. Their current ability to assess visual acuity, or prescribe glasses or contact lenses remains uncertain. The technology is still new and it will be years before proper studies can make an accurate analysis.
Such testing cannot replace comprehensive in-person examinations and the medical care of an in-person doctor. They may even be undesirable or harmful for the young, the elderly, and those predisposed to visual disorders. By relying on these technologies and accepting inaccurate or incomplete results, they may end up neglecting their health.
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