Opternative Is The First Online Eye Exam That Writes You A Prescription


“Do I need glasses?” is a question you usually have to get an in-person eye test to answer. But today, online eye exam provider Opternative is coming out of stealth to get you a doctor’s prescription for glasses straight from your computer or phone. Opternative’s test takes five to 10 minutes and costs around $35 — 75 percent less than in-person exams. With $1 million in funding, it plans to launch this summer.

“Doing eye testing day in and day out, I thought ‘there has to be a better way to do this'”, Dr Steven Lee tells me. The co-founder of Opternative graduated from optometry school in 2007 and has been practicing ever since. He realized that with advances in computers and phones, he could probably replace that clunky ‘What’s better? One or two’ machine.

In 2012, Dr. Lee met seven-time entrepreneur Aaron Dallek, and they started the Chicago-based Opternative. [Disclosure:…

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  1. I found this article interesting and exciting. Technology really is changing the way we do things, and in this case it is saving us a lot of time and money. I think that this is a good alternative to going to the eye doctor in person, however, I also think there is something to be said about the professional-patient relationship. It will be interesting to see how this take off in the next couple years. This also seems to be something other professions are taking advantage of as well such as occupational therapy.


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