NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs is expanding its geographic reach into California through a new partnership with retailer Devlyn Optical, a multinational optical retailer with over 880 retail locations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and the U.S.

Devlyn is rolling out a pilot program with Smart Vision Labs at three locations in the Los Angeles area where they will offer the company’s Smart Vision Exams. Smart Vision Exams pairs mobile autorefraction technology with a proprietary telemedicine platform that allows doctors to analyze vision test results and other data remotely. The doctor can write a digital eyeglass prescription for a patient or make a recommendation for a full eye health exam when appropriate.

“We are very excited to partner with Smart Vision Labs in this pilot program,” said Jesse W. Devlyn Jr., CEO of Devlyn Optical. “Their telemedicine solution is not only fast and easy to use but also provides an extremely reliable measurement of a person's refractive error and prescription for glasses and contact lenses. With Smart Vision labs, our patients will no longer have to wait to see an optometrist to update their current eyeglasses prescription. This will allow us to provide the ultimate convenience in vision care while driving incremental revenue for our stores.”

The three Devlyn stores participating in the pilot program are located in Walnut Park, Chino and Panorama City, California.

Yaopeng Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Smart Vision Labs, believes Devlyn Optical is the ideal partner to launch the company’s expansion into the Los Angeles market. “They have a great brand and optical network which is ready to evolve with our technology,” said Zhou. “They understand the value we offer to their business and validated the high quality of our prescriptions. We look forward to serving the Los Angeles community and providing easy access to vision care alongside Devlyn.” 

He added that Smart Vision Labs’ telemedicine platform has the ability to scale with Devlyn’s needs to support their vision testing programs along with reducing their cost of operations.

Smart Vision Labs’ entry into the Los Angeles market follows its recent launch in New York City, where it is based. To date, the company has installed Smart Vision Exam systems in 24 optical retail stores located throughout the city.

Smart Vision Exams uses the same technology developed for LASIK to capture how light travels back and forth through a person’s eye. The data is then sent to a remote network of ophthalmologists who review the results and when necessary, provide updated eyeglass prescriptions. The vision test takes about five minutes and doesn’t require customers to wait to see an optometrist for an eyeglasses prescription.

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