EyeQue gifts 25,000 Personal Vision Trackers to the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Steven Loeb · December 23, 2022 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/55c8

The PVT tests refraction to determine if someone has astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness

EyeQue is a company that believes that clear vision is a right, not a privilege, so it has made its primary mission to make accurate and inexpensive home vision testing a reality.

Part of the way the company does that is with its Personal Vision Tracker, a device and free mobile app that tests a person's refraction, which indicates if they suffer from astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness.

Now the company is expanding the number of people who can have access to vision tests, announcing a donation of 25,000 of its Personal Vision Trackers to the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides services to American Indians in central Oklahoma.

"They strive to increase access to quality health care and wellness services and produce positive health care outcomes for urban American Indians living in central Oklahoma," Dr. John Serri, founder and CEO of EyeQue, told VatorNews.

"OKCIC is a contractor of the Indian Health Service to provide culturally sensitive health and wellness services from talented and devoted providers. From pediatric and prenatal care to family medicine, OKCIC services not only included basic medical care, but also dental, optometry, behavioral health services, fitness, nutrition, and other family programs."

While the clinic staff cares for more than 22,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes annually, it does this with only three licensed optometrists. With this donation, the clinic will be able give one Personal Vision Tracker to each one of the clinic's registered patients.

"A simple tool of this caliber will help with detecting any minor changes in vision. The smallest change could help prevent many systemic diseases as well as life changing eye disease," said Serri.

"According to the CDC, American Indians and Alaska Natives have a greater chance of having diabetes than any other US racial group. Diabetic shifts can be detected when vision changes."

Founded in 2015, EyeQue was started with the goal of providing low cost, but also accurate, vision tests to people around the world, especially to those who don't have access to a doctor. 

In addition to its Personal Vision Tracker, the company also offers its EyeQue Insight visual acuity screener, which tests and tracks a user's vision changes. The company can also test refraction through a Bluetooth powered device called VisionCheck, which is EyeQue's main product, along with the MyReaderNumber App, a deviceless App used to measure the degree of Presbyopia someone has. 

EyeQue also provides PDCheck, a device that measures pupillary distance, and Try-On Glasses, which are round shaped test glasses that allow people who use Eyeque can see if the refractions numbers, or people who received an Rx from an optometrist, are a good fit before they purchase more costly eyewear.

Finally, it offers EyeQue Connect, a HIPAA-compliant platform which is used by doctors, optical stores, and other business partners to monitor and manage their users.

There are currently 50,000 people using EyeQue's devices and apps, and over 120,000 people who have signed up as EyeQue users. The company estimates that more than 200,000 are using it free device-less apps. It is also working with 20 doctors in varying capacities, and the company has done clinical studies with several doctors on use of refraction.

"I am on a mission to educate and empower everyone to take control of their vision and to understand how a simple test of refraction measurement, or a simple visual acuity test or even a near vision test, can say a lot about the eye and even deeper into prevention and detection of systemic disease. Our devices are like nothing out there with high accuracy for confidence and low costs," said Serri.

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