A free sight check app has been launched by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare
Using the latest technology, the app has been developed to include a series of tests that help employees to take an active interest in their eye health.
Should the app recommend a full eye examination at the end of the test, the user can book one directly via the internet.
The app also features a slimmed-down version of ‘Ask the Optician’, Specsavers existing eye health advice tool.
Users can type in a question relating to eye health and then search an extensive database before having their answer delivered in text or video format.
Designed by David Thomson, Professor of Optometry and Visual Science at City University London, the app is available at both the Apple App Store and the Android App Store.
Professor Thomson said: “It has been designed to raise awareness of eye health in a current and instantly accessible way.
"While it can’t replace a comprehensive eye examination, it does provide a reading test, a visual acuity test and a fan test for astigmatism.
"It then uses computer intelligence to read the results of these tests and then describe user’s vision, risk factors and what action they should take.”
Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare said: “This offers extra support to employers who have fleet drivers.
"From our experience one in three drivers would fail an eye examination and part of the problem is that drivers don’t realise their eyesight has deteriorated.
"The sight check app gives a quick assessment that will direct them to a full eye examination, if needed.”