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Dangers of Online Eye Exams 

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Chances are you’re one of the millions of Americans who need some kind of corrective lenses. In fact, 75 percent of us wear glasses or contact lenses to see.  Problem is, getting the perfect pair of specs is a process. That’s why a new breed of vision test is promising much quicker results from the convenience of your home computer.

Dr. Andrea Thau, the president of the American Optometric Association, says online eye exam disclaimers don’t go far enough. She worries consumers are getting a false sense of confidence about the exams and the results.

“These tests are dangerous. They are not an eye examination. They are not even fully capable of determining a prescription or the proper analysis of what’s right for a patient,” Thau said.  Read more