In between optician’s appointments? Keep an eye on your eye health with these three eye-test apps.
This is a trusted brand with a fairly basic app, it will look at visual acuity, astigmatism, duochrome and colour.
The app asks questions about wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection when outdoors, whether you experience discomfort through looking at computer screens, and whether you’ve had an eye exam in the past two years.
There is very detailed advice on eye care and the benefits of regular eye tests.
It offers a £5 discount voucher for use at a Boots Opticians, shows you where your nearest Boots Opticians is, and allows you to share your test results on Facebook and Twitter.
This useful app is basically a travel Snellen chart – but no cheating as it will change each time you use it, just in case you’ve memorised it.
For an extra competitive edge it shows eyesight ratings down the side, so you can see if your eyes can beat the fabled ’20/20’ rating.
And, for an extra 69p you can upgrade to the ‘full’ version of the app.
This very comprehensive app tests your eyes as well as tells you off for not going to the opticians. It’s like visiting your mum.
It will also show you exactly where your nearest opticians is, based on your exact location.
The first test is Visual Acuity, to test the clarity of your vision, and your eyes’ ability to distinguish object details and shapes.
You are commanded to close your left eye, and hold your phone at arm’s length. A letter then quickly flashes onto the screen and you’re then given four options and asked to select which letter it was.
Next up is a test for Astigmatism, a condition resulting in blurred vision. Following a similar process, you close your left eye and hold up your phone away from you.
A shape made up of several black lines will appear, and you must s indicate whether you think any of the lines are different in colour.
Next up is the Duochrome test. This looks at your eyes’ ability to focus using a colour chart. Again, you take the test one eye at a time, with your phone at arm’s length.
The app is only compatible with iPad. After telling you where your nearest optician is, the app will implore you to go there for a test, as well as offering some helpful advice, including a 20-20-20 rule for when at work at your desk. Take a break every 20 minutes, by looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
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