In this day and age, it seems like we can get almost anything we need online – have meals delivered from restaurants, order groceries, find a date and so much more.
The use of the Internet has even extended to eye care, including an online vision test known as the Visibly Online Refractive Vision Test. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has recalled the Visibly Online Refractive Vision Test marketed under the brand name Opternative.
Reasons for FDA Recall of Visibly Online Refractive Vision Test
In announcing the recall of Opternative, the FDA stated that the agency is taking this action because the company that created the online vision test failed to receive lawful authorization to market the product.
According to the FDA, Opternative has had wide distribution, including the United States. In making the recall, the FDA stated that the online vision test has been distributed to consumers in multiple U.S. states.
How Opternative Works
According to the company that created Opternative, as confirmed by the FDA, the online vision test was said to be designed to allow a person the ability to obtain a prescription for glasses or contact lenses without visiting an eye doctor in person.
Through an internet connection, data was allegedly collected about a patient’s eyes which was then utilized to prepare a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. The creator of Opternative contended that an optometrist or ophthalmologist reviewed the data collected via the online eye testing process.
Nothing Takes the Place of an In-Person Professional Eye Examination
Immediately after Opternative became available in 2016, the American Optometric Association notified the FDA of the dangers of this type of online eye examination.
The organization underscored the fact that eye health exams and eye care can only appropriately and safely be provided when a patient personally meets with an optometrist or ophthalmologist in the brick and mortar world. The organization emphasized that obtaining safe and effective ocular care via an internet device is not currently possible.
The Importance of a Regular Eye Examination
An in-person eye examination with a qualified eye doctor is a fundamental element of consistently maintaining eye health. Via a regular in-person eye examination, a professional is able to provide you a complete and comprehensive evaluation of your eye health as well as address specific issues like an eyewear prescription. Absent a particular eye health issue, the common recommendation is that a person over the age of 18 receive an eye examination annually.
If you’re in need of eye care and an appointment with an eye doctor, including an exam for glasses or contact lenses, contact the professional eye care team at Matossian Eye Associates at (800) 708-8800. Call right now to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you, or click here to request an appointment online.