Insightful look in a boy's blue eyes

By: Drew Johnson –

We all know revolutionary services like Uber and Airbnb are disrupting and improving upon antiquated industries. The world of optometry is undergoing a similar technological revolution that is slashing prices and increasing consumer access to glasses and contact lenses.

But just like with the taxi and hotel industry, there are a lot of eye care professionals who want to protect the status quo and are lobbying to stop optometry from progressing into the 21st Century.

The issue of dispute? At-home vision screenings.

Rather than going through the hassle of making a trip to an eye doctor’s office for a vision prescription, ocular telemedicine makes it possible to perform a vision exam from the comfort of home with just a cellphone or computer. By reducing hassles and cutting costs associated with eye exams, Americans are bypassing the traditional eye care cartel and now see better, for less.

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