Can you test your vision online?

Medically reviewed by Khuram Sarwar, Dispensing Optician at Feel Good Contacts.

How online eye tests work

Online eye tests use cutting-edge technology to simulate the traditional eye examination process. Using your device's screen, these tests guide you through a series of visual tasks, measuring factors, such as visual acuity, colour perception, and contrast sensitivity. Some platforms even incorporate artificial intelligence algorithms to analyse your responses and provide a preliminary assessment of your vision. While these tests offer convenience, it's essential to understand their limitations and when a professional eye examination is still necessary. If you are taking an eye test for contact lenses or glasses, you must visit an optician in person for a full examination.

How can I test my vision at home?

If you think you need an eye test, you can try to test your vision. There are many online tests and mobile applications that you can utilise to test your vision at home . These online tests give you visual tasks/challenges to complete which will help to assess your vision. To take these online vision tests, you just need a phone, tablet or computer with internet access. Most of the common tests include:

  1. Visual acuity: the ability to see small details of objects and shapes at a given distance
  2. Astigmatism: blurry or distorted vision caused by an irregularly shaped eye
  3. Near vision: the clarity and focus of your vision at close distances
  4. Colour vision: the ability to see and correctly identify different colours

There are multiple apps and online tools available that could help to check these eye conditions. Why not take a quick eye test through our virtual eye test tool?

Please note that these tests do not have any diagnostic value. Only a qualified health professional such as an optician, ophthalmologist or doctor can make any type of official diagnosis about your eye health. To fully understand the current health of your eyes, you must have a proper examination. It is advised that you have an eye test at least once every two years, or sooner if requested to do so by your optician.

Disclaimer: The advice in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace medical care or an in-person check-up. Please check with an eyecare professional before purchasing any products or remedies. For information on our article review process, please refer to our Editorial Policy.

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