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What is it like to take an online vision test?

Taking an Online Vision Test

If you’ve never had an online vision screening you may be lost as to what to expect. Most of us are used to the traditional visit at the eye doctor or standing on a line of tape at the DMV and reading an eye chart from afar. The online experience is similar but it comes with a few extra steps when preparing for the eye test!

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How to Prepare for an Online Vision Test

The first step in prepping for your online eye exam is to make sure you have a device with a working camera and microphone. You will need to make sure that the vision tester can see and hear you clearly. It is important to be in a well lit and quiet area with a good internet connection. You can use a tablet, mobile phone, computer or laptop. Since the tester will be able to see your environment through the camera, you should remove any items or objects that may contain sensitive information. Your visit may also be recorded or have authorized third parties present for training and quality assurance purposes.

Next, you will need to have at least 10 ft of open space between you and your device. The DMV requires a minimum of 10 ft between you and the eye chart (which will be displayed on your device’s screen). Not sure how much 10 ft measures? A good trick is to have enough room for at least 14 small steps worth of space. If you are injured or in a wheelchair, you can have a helper with you to hold your device 10 ft away from you. You’ll want to make sure that the area is secure with no obstructions or objects in the way to avoid tripping or falling.

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After you’ve set up your device and space, you’ll want to have your driver’s license and credit/debit card with you. If you do not have your driver’s license, you can use another form of picture ID for verification purposes as long as you know your driver’s license ID number. Without this number, we cannot submit your vision screening results. If you require any type of accessibility needs or any assistive technology, please feel free to let us know prior to your appointment. We will make any necessary and reasonable accommodations before your visit with us.

Now you’re ready for your eye test. Good luck!

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