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Your smartphone may soon be able to detect eyesight issues

In most places, whenever you suspect that your vision isn't as good as it used to be, you need to go to a cabinet, wait in line and see a doctor. A new project EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker aims to change all that by offering you a way to test your eyesight at home, with the help of your smartphone, an attachable miniscope and a special app. The product is currently part of a KickStarter campaign and deliveries should start in February 2017.

In case you're wondering how it all works, it's pretty simple: you attach the EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker miniscope to your Android or iOS smartphone, launch the app, then line up a red and a green bar. The application will then perform refractive measurements, start to identify nearsightedness and farsightedness issues. Once the test is complete, you receive a score, which you can compare to your earlier results, thus knowing if your vision has deteriorated or not. The one thing that worries me about this product is the fact that according to its KickStarter page, it was only tested on 49 people. However, EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker did win a CES Innovation Award for best fitness, sports, and biotech products in 2017, so the science behind it may be solid.

In case you want to find out more, you can do so on the EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker KickStarter page. If you want to know about other health-related things that your smartphone can help out with, you should read: "Google will soon improve its medical diagnosis capabilities" or "Keep an Eye on Your Health".