Everybody's an Eye Doctor With Warby Parker's New App

Thanks to my propensity for losing my expensive eyewear I buy a lot of glasses at Barnes & Noble or CVS.

Most of my eyewear loss happens occurs in midair. My prescription glasses end up in the front seat pocket holding the emergency landing pamphlet. After deplaning sans glasses for the zillionth time, I gave up on having glasses attuned to my eye sight. It’s such a pain to go out, find a doctor and get my eyeglass prescription refilled. (“Right eye. Left eye”…blah, blah, blah). And that whole examination ritual isn’t free either.

Maybe the solution is in sight. This month, Warby Parker launched their new Prescription Check app.

Now, you can do your own eye exam in the comfort of your own home. Download the Warby Parker Prescription Check app and use it with a laptop accessing the Warby Parker test site.

Let’s get started.

The app leads you through a series of prompts sent via text message. There are some eligibility requirements needed before you ascend into the land of free home prescription Shangri-La. The app exam only applies if you live in California, Florida, New York, and Virginia. You also must be in good health. (Sorry Midwesterners with diabetes and poor eyesight – you’re ineligible.)

Once you’re past a series of legal disclaimers (“Prescription Check is not a comprehensive eye exam and it isn’t meant to replace visits to your eye doctor, etc, etc, etc..), stand 12 feet from your laptop; and it plays out like a videogame where the player is required to have poor eyesight.

After the test is complete – expect to hear back from a doctor within 24 hours; and then you can refill your eyewear prescription if it’s still the same as your last exam.

Okay, we can all see the benefits of Warby Parker Prescription Check. First, it brings eye exams back to the people – where they belong. If all goes as planned, folks with bad peepers can now save time and money on costly exams. Much like Uber replacing taxi drivers – the app opens up eye exams to citizen eye doctors. Interestingly enough, Warby Parker opened the gates for their app by lobbying state lawmakers. Thus, it won’t be offering the service in states where it’s banned by law. (We’re talking to you Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina.)

Next time I lose my glasses in the front seat pocket of a plane – I’ll think of all the effort and time saved with Warby Parker watching my back.

The future’s so bright, you’ve gotta wear prescription shades.