Two Interesting News Items. Are these potential indicators of optometry's future?
MIT Researchers Develop Refractive Method Using Cellphones
A team at MIT's Media Lab has come up with a quick, simple and inexpensive way to perform refractions using cellphones. The method, known as NETRA (Near-Eye Tool for Refractive Assessment), is especially suitable for remote, developing-world locations that lack conventional examination instruments such as phoropters or aberrometers, according to MIT.
SoloHealth to Bring Health Care Screening Kiosks to Supermarkets, Pharmacies
SoloHealth plans to put kiosks in retail stores that allow people to perform basic personal health screenings. The new health care IT unit is a follow-up to the EyeSite vision-screening kiosk, which can be found in stores such as Kroger and Schnucks.
For over two decades I've predicted that eye exams would be "vended." Has that time come? Put these two together and you have just such a machine..or at least one that provides what the majority of the populace believes is an eye exam.
What will prevent you from being replaced by a coin operated aberrometer?