Technology Just Made Visiting The Optometrist For A New Prescription Obsolete


I don’t wear glasses—I’m one of the lucky people who don’t need them (yet). But if I did, I would love Blink. Blink is an on-demand vision testing service that comes to your home, work or anywhere to provide you with a convenient prescription for glasses. Like ClickMechanic (see Getting Your Car Fixed Just Became SO Much Easier And Cheaper), Blink is another tech startup that is making tasks that are normally inconvenient much easier—and cheaper. In fact, you don’t need glasses to see clearly that Blink is officially the best, easiest and most convenient way to get a new prescription for glasses wearers.

And there’s some really cool technology behind Blink. The Blink setup looks a bit like a virtual reality setup. A smartphone, which functions as the brains behind Blink, slides into a device called The Netra which measures the optical power of your eyes. There’s also The Netrometer which helps you figure out the prescription of your existing glasses in case you don’t know and The Netroper which lets you see how your new prescription will work.

It should be noted, however, that Blink does recommend a comprehensive eye exam—Blink is only for getting glasses (as opposed to measuring eye health).

What’s crazy is that all this gear fits into a briefcase that a person Blink refers to as a ...

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