Back in the deepest dark ages (about 30 years ago) when I first went for my driver’s license, I had to undergo a vision test. Doing so involved a visit to a medical practitioner to perform the test.
This was clearly both inconvenient for me and, more importantly, something of a waste of resources. The same went for people needing vision-correcting spectacles who had to visit an optometrist to get checked and prescribed correctional lenses.
Fast forward to today and companies like Smart Vision Labs are fundamentally changing the way this process works. Smart Vision Labs was founded in 2013 by Yaopeng Zhou and Marc Albanese, with the vision (pun intended) of changing the way people get their vision tested. The company went to market in 2014 with a product, the SVOne handheld autorefactor. The device is a tool which captures a person’s refractive aberrations so doctors can write a corrective prescription.