Before we get started I want to say up-front that I have received absolutely zero compensation from EyeQue. I found, researched, and purchased their product myself towards the end of 2019. I had such a great experience with it that I am sharing my review now in hopes that it can also help others. I am not getting paid to post this now, nor have I receive any money in exchange for anything in this post.
I'd like to start by sharing a bit of background about myself. I have a chronic illness that I've been in treatment for since 2012, and one of my biggest issues has been with movement/motion sickness. The traditional test for glasses where you are shown various prisms ("which is better, this or this?") always made me so sick to my stomach that I could barely get through it. In some instances I never made it all the way through and had to take a break, go back, or start over. I dreaded the test for glasses, and I always wished there were a better way. My eyes are otherwise in great health, I have no other issues to speak of, and I always get an all-clear from my eye doctor. The sticking point for me was always the traditional vision test. So when it came time to get new glasses last year I went on the hunt to see if there were any other options for me, and that's when I found EyeQue.
So, what is EyeQue?
EyeQue was founded in 2015 by two men named John and Tibor. They discovered an MIT patented technology that could create a smartphone powered refraction test which rivaled traditional room-sized ophthalmic refractometers. They took this technology and developed optical smartphone attachments and a mobile application which would allow people to test their own vision anywhere in the world.
This is when the VisionCheck tool was invented. VisionCheck is a little device that attaches to your smart phone, and with the help of an App you can easily take a vision test. You can watch a video on how it works here. The VisionCheck is a Bluetooth powered refractometer that measures your refractive error, i.e your nearsightedness, farsidedness, and astigmatism. Test results are given in the same format as your prescription, so you can easily order glasses online. Results will also include your estimated near-vision add (NV-ADD+) for reading or progressive glasses. As someone who has astigmatism I was ecstatic that I could use this!
Now that we discussed what EyeQue is and how it works, I want to go over my experience with operating the device and ordering glasses. When I opened the box I saw easy instructions telling me to download the EyeQue application to my phone. From there the application was very easy to follow; I attached the VisionCheck to my phone and followed the steps on the screen. The process of actually doing the vision test takes a bit of getting used to. There are practice rounds you can do until you get the hang of it. I found it pretty easy to pick up, and had no trouble seeing what I needed to see in order to progress to the actual test itself.
When the time came to take the official eye test I was told I had to do 3 full tests in order to get my Eyeglass Numbers. One full test consists of 9 prompts for the left eye and 9 prompts for the right eye. It took me about 10 minutes max to complete 3 full tests. However, I wanted to keep going because the more eye tests you perform the stronger the Eyeglass Numbers will end up being so I did 6. I want to also note that doing this eye test was a breeze for me. I did not get motion sickness, I did not feel dizzy, and I never had any eye strain.
However, since I was being cautious and because my eyes can tire out quickly I decided to let my eyes rest and do a few more tests the following day. I completed 13 full tests, and you can see my numbers below. I want to note that you do not have to do 13 tests, but I did this many because I know I struggle with motion sickness and eye fatigue. I wanted to make sure I could rest my eyes in case that might affect anything.
Now came the time to order my glasses, and I was so excited! I used EyeBuyDirect because their frames are incredibly affordable, very trendy, and they allow you to input Eyeglass Numbers to get your glasses. Shipping was super quick and I was able to get the extra thin lenses which I was jazzed about since I have a pretty high prescription. Frames there start at just $6, and the ones I chose were $45. With the lenses I paid about $100 and I consider that to be a total steal considering I order all the extras on my lenses. If you chose to use EyeBuyDirect you can use code IFBLIKFACF for $10 off your order.
My new prescription wasn't a huge jump from the last one (I was at -5.25 and -6.00 prior), but it was enough of a shift to make me nervous about getting new glasses. Again I come back to motion sickness issues here, because if the pupillary distance isn't exactly right that can be enough to make adjusting near impossible for me. Luckily it seems that the PDCheck was on the money because my glasses were perfect! I could see very sharp (but not too sharp), suddenly I could read text on TV that I wasn't able to prior, and I had a smooth transition adjusting as well! I opted for a thicker frame this time around, and I really love them!
As a side note I asked my eye doctor if he could translate my Eyeglass Numbers into a contact prescription, and they were able to do that for me. Since I already wore contacts they knew my measurements and what not, so all they had to do was update the actual prescription itself. The contacts I received work perfectly for me as well. If you've never worn contacts before this likely won't be possible for you, but if you have then ask your eye doctor if they would be able to help.
If you have any questions at all please comment below and I will get back to you! I hope this review was useful to someone!