There isn't much you can't buy or do via the internet these days and that even includes having your vision tested online to get prescription eyeglasses. Just because online vision testing is available does not necessarily mean that it's recommended for everyone. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) does offer some guidelines for those considering this option:
- Online vision testing may be a viable option for those between the ages of 18-39 with mild corrective prescriptions and no symptoms of eye disease. Online testing is not recommended for those who are not within that age range. It may also be appropriate for those who have had an in-person eye exam and have confirmation that they do not have any underlying eye disease issues.
- In-office eye exams are always recommended over online vision screenings.
- For those who choose the online testing, the AAO still recommends that a comprehensive eye exam be conducted every 5 to 10 years even if there are no symptoms or risk factors of eye disease.
- Online testing services may not have high-power or irregular prescriptions as options and all prescriptions must be approved by either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist.