About Smart Vision
Smart Vision screen magnifying glasses claim to help you enjoy digital devices longer, while reducing eye strain. Sound good?
Before placing your order, be sure to read this entire review!
Smart Vision: The Headache Prevention Tool?
When using electronic devices—including computers, smart phones, and tablets—Smart Vision glasses are claimed to magnify what you see by 160%, enhance color and clarity, and prevent eye strain, blurry vision, and headaches.
And because they’re glasses, you’ll keep both of your hands free at the same time, so Smart Vision is also ideal for reading, watching TV, gaming, or arts and crafts. You can even wear them over your prescription glasses or contact lenses!
Whether you’re wearing them at home, at work, or anywhere else, Smart Vision’s anti-glare and scratch resistant coating is claimed to provide you with a vision boost, right when you need it.
Is this just a lot of hot air, or will Smart Vision glasses live up to the hype? Let’s start with the differences between magnifying glasses and traditional glasses.
Magnifying Glasses vs. Traditional Eyewear
Prescription eyeglasses involve specific lenses that can help you see better, and are prescribed based on your specific diagnosis. Nearsighted? You’ll need one type of lens. Farsighted? You’ll need another type. One eye 20/20, while the other’s 20/40? Now, you’ll need 2 different types of lenses.
The point is that if you’re experiencing vision loss related to a medical condition, prescription glasses (or contacts) will be required in order to correct it.
On the other hand, magnification glasses (also known as reading glasses) address difficulty focusing on close objects, such as a screen or the page of a book, which is a condition known as presbyopia.
Unlike prescription ones, magnification glasses are generally available only in generic strengths (i.e. weak, moderate, strong), so you might find that nothing works perfectly, but at least could help you see things a little better up close.
Speaking of which, how well will Smart Vision’s magnification work with objects that are farther away, such as a TV?
How Far Will You See with Smart Vision?
Like science? Read this version: Let’s say you’re watching TV while wearing the Smart Vision glasses. The light waves leave your TV, travel through the air, and enter the lenses, at which point they’re bent (or refracted) before entering your eyes.
Based on their curvature, any lens has what’s called a focal length, or the point at which an image is in focus. If you move in just a little to close or too far from this point, light becomes too refracted, and anything you see will be fuzzy and out of focus.
Why is this important? Focal point shouldn’t be much of an issue if you’re reading something up close, since you can easily move into the “prime” viewing location. If you’re across the room from your TV? Not so much.
Want the quick answer? Here it is: Smart Vision probably won’t work well for objects located at a distance; generally more than a couple feet in front of your eyes.
Regardless of all this science mumbo jumbo, are screen-related eye problems in the first place?
Computer Vision Syndrome & How To Avoid it
The American Optometric Association defines computer vision syndrome (aka digital eye strain) as:
“A group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of digital screen use.
The most common symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) or Digital Eye Strain are eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain.”
Is it a real thing? Yeah.
In order to prevent digital eye strain, you can make sure your computer screen is 4 to 5 inches below eye level, and between 20 and 28 inches from your eyes. You’ll also want to minimize glare (usually through an anti-glare screen), make sure your seating is comfortable and properly adjusted, take 15-minute breaks every 2 hours, and blink frequently when staring at your screen.
Still considering Smart Vision? Cool! Let’s talk about the manufacturer.
Smart Vision Is Brought To You By …
Smart Vision is manufactured by OnTel Products Corporation, a popular ASOTV company who also makes Big Vision Eyewear—which is essentially identical to Smart Vision.
With 30 HighYa reader reviews, Big Vision Eyewear had an average rating of 1.2 stars. Common complaints referenced that they were no better than regular reading glasses, featured poor quality construction, and poor customer service.
Will you experience the same with Smart Vision? Based on how close the two models appear, we’d say it’s certainly something to keep in mind.
But in order to really know what kind of value Smart Vision provides, you first need to know how much it costs.
How Much Does Smart Vision Cost?
Two Smart Vision glasses are priced at $19.99 plus $13.98 S&H. With your order, you’ll also receive a Screen Clean rolling screen-cleaning device.
All Smart Vision orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Did you catch that? If not, this means you’ll probably lose as much in S&H than you’ll get back as a refund. Yowza!
Going to process a refund? You’ll need to contact customer service at 844-249-2997.
What’s the Deal? Should You Buy Smart Vision or Not?
We’ve reviewed a lot of As Seen on TV products here at HighYa. What’s one of the biggest things we’ve learned?
Most of these products work to some degree, although something similar can often be purchased locally for much less—factoring in the super high S&H charges, of course. So when it comes to Smart Vision, here’s what we’re left with:
Will Smart Vision’s 160% magnification help you see better up close? If you’re suffering from general, age-related vision loss; perhaps.
But do you know what else will probably work just as well? A pair of $5 reading glasses from your local pharmacy, where you’ll also be able to try different strengths to find the best option for you.
Our recommendation? Hop in your car, spend 5 minutes down the street at your corner pharmacy (wave hello to your neighbors on the way!), and potentially save yourself some money in lost S&H charges should you end up dissatisfied.
Pro tip: If you’re unsure whether you need magnification glasses like Smart Vision or prescription lenses from your doctor, this AC Lens article might be a good place to start.
2 out 3 people found this review helpful
On 1/06/16 ordered from television ad for a pair of vision glasses for 19.95, no tax, no handling charges. Order #38100, ref# 1761213646. For six months they kept me in limbo, promising I would get those glasses. It's true they did not debit my account, very clever, what they did do. Months later they started to charge shipping on television. They did not honor my order or even try to get another $7 shipping from me. They just canceled 6/02/16. Who should not sue this company for false advertising, for false hope, for not shipping on their original ad? What authority should I write to?
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend