The online eyewear retailer Warby Parker is making it easier to update eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions with an update to its iOS app, The Verge reported on Monday (July 19).
Customers can now update their prescriptions on their phones and renew Warby Parker’s virtual eye test for $ 15. The test is an update to the Prescription Check iOS app, which requires both a laptop and a phone.
The new app combines the Warby Parker algorithm with the exclusive Apple software Vision Framework to carry out the virtual eye test exclusively on a phone. Users must answer typical optometry questions, meet criteria such as no “eye health problems,” see well through their current glasses or contacts, and use a single vision prescription, The Verge noted.
The users then perform a basic eye test by reading letters from their phone screen and taking turns covering each eye. The new prescription will be issued in about 48 hours and users will not be billed unless they are approved for a new prescription.
This is the first time Warby Parker has offered a contact lens renewal option in its app, despite adding contact lenses to its range in 2019.
In expanding its mobile offering, Warby Parker is also aiming for a broader presence in brick and mortar retail. Following the confidential filing of an IPO, the brand recently announced it would open three dozen new brick and mortar stores by the end of 2021 and could eventually expand to “hundreds” of locations.
While the virtual test is no substitute for a full face-to-face visit to the optician, the measurements of the algorithm and framework reduce human error, The Verge reported.
The app is only available for iPhone models from 6S; No Android app is currently offered.