Not long ago I discovered a way to. That's fine if you already have glasses, or don't think your vision has changed.
But what if you're new to eyewear or think you need a new prescription? Time to schedule a pricey, time-consuming exam, right?
Maybe, and maybe not. Although there's no substitute for getting your peepers checked by a professional, there is a faster, cheaper way to test your eyesight. Today, in fact, it's cheaper still: Cheapskate readers can get the EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker for $23.99 shipped with discount code CNET20. It normally costs $29.99, plus $3.49 for shipping.
The PVT is a small plastic scope that attaches to your phone (check the product page for compatibility) and runs each eye through a series of simple app-powered tests.
When you're done, you'll have the numbers you need to order glasses online -- which, if you're not aware, can costthan what you pay at retail.
The EyeQue app starts you with a comprehensive video tutorial, then runs you through a practice test -- all to make the experience as novice-friendly as possible. If you follow the instructions, the PVT is easy to use.
I mention that because I tested it myself and found it, well, easy to use. And I was skeptical because the device has only a 3.2-star average rating on Amazon. At least some of the negative reviews, however, are the result of phone incompatibility -- which, to be fair, isn't as well-explained in the Amazon product listing as it is on EyeQue's product page. For what it's worth, EyeQue offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, though you'll have to pay for return shipping, natch.
One important note: Using the PVT requires an EyeQue subscription. Thankfully, your first year is free, and it's only $4.99 per year after that. If you're planning to share the device with other family members, however, you can't share your subscription -- not easily, anyway. Here's a more detailed explanation of using the PVT with family.
Depending on where you go, an eye exam can cost as much as $100. With the PVT, you can test and track your vision for just $24 -- and do it at your convenience. The time-crunched cheapskate in me loves that.
Bonus deal: I'm torn between two movie references, so I'll just go with both:
"What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down."
"I fly to the moon. I shrink the moon. I grab the moon. I sit on the toilet. What?!"
Yes, in case you haven't figured it out, today's bonus deal is the moon -- a 3D-printed, touch-powered LED moon. So help me, I thought this was utterly ridiculous. Until I bought one.
What price, moon? For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Loftek 7-inch Moon Lamp is $29.99 with promo code LKCSZS18. Alternately, you can get the 5.9-inch version for $20.25 with the same code.
First you charge the moon. Then you tap the little metal receptacle to make it light up white. Tap it again to switch to a warm, orangey color. Tap and hold in either mode to dim the light.
The thing is, when it's lit, it looks like the moon! It's perfect for night-light duty, but also adds some lovely ambiance to a home theater or wherever. It comes with a little wooden stand, too.
Turns out these things are all over Amazon, in a variety of sizes and prices. I just happened to come across this one from Loftek, and I like it wayyyy more than I thought I would.
Bonus deal #2:
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