Verizon Wireless has recognized local, New York City-based startup Smart Vision Labs with a $1 million award as part of its Powerful Answers Award winners during a presentation at CES. Verizon encourages innovators to help solve major world problems through this program, with special attention to education, healthcare and sustainability. Of the more than 1,300 entries submitted over this past year from all over the country, New York City-based Smart Vision Labs won in the Healthcare category.
Smart Vision Labs is a portable vision examination device that, with a single snapshot, measures refractive errors of the eye and generates prescriptions – all without patient interaction. The pocket-sized and low cost Smart Aberrometer uses a smartphone’s flashlight and camera, combined with an add-on microlens array, to improve the way people get their vision evaluated. This means you can now get your vision checked in seconds – anywhere, anytime. With 500 million people around the globe who suffer vision loss due to uncorrected refractive errors, this technology easily allows them to get their vision tested and receive eyeglass prescriptions.