Curious About Your Vision and Eyes? Your Phone Can Help
One of the great things about modern technology is the availability of the new, fantastic apps that anyone is able to download to their Smartphone, quickly and easily. The sheer convenience and depth of information available through digital apps is truly remarkable, and this is just as true in the area of optometry and eye care as anywhere else.
If you are thinking about getting into optometry, are already in the optometry business, or are just curious about eyes and your vision, here are five apps you have to check out.
OptiCalc Contact Lens Calculator
The OptiCalc Contact Lens Calculator for iOS isn’t free, but at $3.99, many eye care professionals who prescribe and sell contact lenses find it to be quite worthwhile. This app makes calculating your soft contact lens requirements incredibly easy, recommending contact lens power based on data you provide such as spherocylindrical refraction, over-refraction, and lens rotation.
These days, everyone in the medical community seems to be using Epocrates, and not just eye care professionals. This popular and free app allows you to nearly instantly access any drug information you need, whether your drug is prescription or non-prescription. This includes pediatric and adult dosage recommendations, formulary information, possible side effects, approximate pricing information, photographs, and more.
Optics Clinical Calculator
If you find it difficult and inconvenient to have a good optical calculator on hand, then you’ll definitely love this app. Reasonably priced at $4.99 and available for iOS, the Optics Clinical Calculator makes prescribing lenses a snap, with an easy-to-use optical calculator that allows you to simply handle base curves, slab-off, obliquely crossed cylinders, and more.
Park’s 3 Step
Having to do a Park’s 3 Step Test may have been frustrating in the past, but no longer after you download this app. The Park’s 3 Step free app actually allows your phone to predict the underacting muscle.
Just tell the app which eye is showing the hypertropia in primary gaze, rotate the device from a vertical position either to the left or right depending upon the turning of the patient’s head that exacerbates the hypertropia, then, from a vertical position, tilt the device clockwise or counterclockwise according to the patient’s head tilt that worsens the hypertropia. Once complete, you will see the paretic muscle displayed right on your phone!
If you’re looking for an App for Android and iOS that can give you a quick and easy interactive eye screening and diagnosis, check out SmartOptometry. This fun and easy-to-use app can help you determine strabismus, calculate visual acuity, test color vision, examine a patient’s visual field, test amblyopia, and much more!
Hi-Tech for the Eyes Can Help, But Nothing Is Better Than Your Optometrist
While apps can enable us to do incredible things in the field of eye care, there is no substitute for a complete eye examination from a qualified professional. If you live in or around the Portland, OR area, then the perfect place to have that examination is Beaumont Vision.
We have a team of qualified optometric physicians who can provide you with full optometric care in a comfortable environment. We also have a wide selection of fashionable frames should you need new eyeglasses for your corrective lenses.
To make an appointment or for more information on quality eye care, call us at 503-331-3937 or contact us online today.