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Get a professional eye exam at home on your smartphone

Get a professional eye exam at home on your smartphone
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Is there anything left that our incredibly smart smartphones can't do? It seems like everyday another new app comes out that does some new clever thing. Earlier I wrote about apps that can translate foreign languages or even repel mosquitoes. In another columns I've described apps to help you sleep better or measure anything without a ruler. But are you ready to add eye exams to the list of things you depend upon your smart phone for?

Remember when I told you that staring at too many screens for too long can do serious damage to your eyes? According to the Vision Council's latest survey, 70% of tech users regularly experience digital eye strain, aka the blurry vision and dry eyes you get when you've been staring at a computer, smartphone, TV or other screen for a few hours.

On top of that, a different Vision Council study from 2008 found that more than 130 million Americans didn't get an eye exam in over a year.

These are somewhat startling statistics, but now there's a new startup that wants to help your eyes by providing you with a home eye test.

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