Top 6 Free Eye Test Mobile Apps
Mobile phones are able to offer so much in the 21st Century, influencing every aspect of our lives and acting as the centre of the entertainment and media world. That said, it seems only natural that mobile phones can also act as a health care resource, providing bountiful information and guidance. There are plenty of free apps available which offer evaluations of your eyesight – an area which we must pay attention to. Here are some of the best available on the market.
1. Vision Test by 3 Sided Cube
This slick and polished app includes four eye tests, questions about your lifestyle and other tips and advice for keeping your eyes healthy. 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. This repeats several times until it asks you to instead close your right eye, and the process begins once more.
If you guess just one letter incorrectly, the app will give you a fail for that eye.
Next up is a test for Astigmatism, which is a condition resulting in blurred vision because of the eye cannot focus properly. 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 say whether you think any of the lines are different in colour.
Repeat with your other eye to complete the test.
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.
Finally, you are given a colour test. It will tell you if you are suffering from any form of colour blindness. Now closing one eye this time, just simply look at the pattern of pebbles and select which number you saw.
It looks easy, but get any wrong and you’ll be given a fail.
Finally, the app will ask you if you smoke, or could be subjected to passive smoking. It asks if working on a computer can leave you with tired eyes or headaches. Finally it asks if it has been over two years since your last eye test. If you answer any of these questions with ‘Yes’, your lifestyle will be deemed a failure, and the app will tut at your and usher you to mend your ways.
The app offers one more test, but it 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. It also recommends investing in Crizal lenses for your glasses, and offers links to other interesting eye facts.
2. Eye Check by Boots Opticians
This app from the well-known national chemist and opticians, features the same tests as the app we’ve just looked at: Visual Acuity, Astigmatism, Duochrome and Colour.
The questions it asks differ slightly. They’d like to know if you wear 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.
3. Colour Blind Test by Lee Kah Seng
This is a very basic app which simply administers a longer version of the colour pebble tests, but with varying different colours and some trick questions as well.
For testing purposes, I completed it several times, giving a variety of correct and incorrect answers, to see if the app could offer some insightful advice on why I could only see certain colours. But alas, I was told that my answers were inconsistent and to do the test again. Unperturbed, I set about putting in a really bad show, and answered incorrectly to all but the two trick questions (one of which pictured above) and was told rather bluntly that I have Monochromacy. Determined to go one better, I managed to get everything wrong, but was strangely told that this represented ‘inconsistent data’. A useful app no doubt, but it doesn’t offer any detailed or insightful analysis of your vision.
4. Eye Exam Pro by Free.Kompany
This is an app to avoid. It starts off encouragingly, with smooth presentation and interesting tests, involving standard eye tests and some optical illusions which presumably can offer some detailed analysis of how your eyes are working.
But at the end of the test, the app announces that it is busy analysing your results, and in the meantime, would you like to make an in app purchase for ‘one amazing eye exam for £1.99?’ Hit ‘Cancel’ and you’re told that the results of your eye exam are ready! Would you like to see them now? I pressed ‘OK’ expecting to be hit with waves of data about my eyes, but was instead asked again if I’d like to buy something for £1.99. I again refused, and was again told that my results were ready. It goes around in a loop, and there’s not even a way to restart the app and take the test again.
Reviews on the App Store are scathing, People who did pay the £1.99 did not feel they had received value for money, and are threatening to involve trading standards, which probably means that the app will not be available for much longer. But just in case, once again: avoid.
5. Eye Chart HD by Dok LLC
This useful app is basically a pocket traditional Snellen chart which can be randomised any amount of times, in case you’ve memorised it. It also shows eyesight ratings down the side, so you can see if your eyes can beat the fabled ’20/20’ rating.
It also includes an ‘E’ chart, which features nothing but the letter E rotated in various ways.
For an extra £0.69 you can upgrade to the ‘full’ version of the app and access a Landolt chart and a mirror feature, for testing yourself in times when there’s no one to hold the phone for you.
6. EyeXam by Global EyeVentures, LLC
This is a detailed app including two Visual Acuity tests, a colour test, Astigmatism and Macula tests, plus eye exercises and an eye dominance indicator.
The Visual Acuity tests are to be administered from 40cm and 3m respectively. Following the standard procedure, cover one eye and determine which was around the letter C has been rotated.
The app will also help to find your nearest optician, but only if you’re lucky enough to live in the US or Canada. It also offers 500 pages of searchable content regarding eye health and vision correction.
It’s important to remember that the results from the apps featured are intended as a guide only; each app recommends that you have your eyes tested by a professional optician before deciding whether you need glasses (and also worth noting that nothing can measure up to the expertise of your ophthalmic specialist).
Sean blogs about technology for leading men’s glasses supplier Direct Sight.
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