PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sightbox, an innovative vision care service for contact lens wearers, announced its 2,500th eye exam booking for its members, a mark of continued development for the Oregon-based start-up launched in January 2016. The continued growth in Sightbox’s member base over the past year has led to nearly $500,000 of revenue for independent optometry practices since the company’s launch.
“Recent statistics from the CDC suggest that only half of the estimated 61 million adults in the United States classified as being at high risk for serious vision loss, visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months, and that up to 90 percent of contact lens wearers are at risk of severe eye damage from misuse and overwear of their contacts,” said Travis Rush, founder and CEO of Sightbox. “To me, the most surprising thing about these statistics is that they are so extreme. The largest vision benefits plans claim to serve 37.8 percent of Americans, but many people aren’t claiming their benefits because the process of doing so is too complicated.”
Sightbox was created with a mission to simplify the vision care experience for contact lens wearers and to promote eye health among its members. The company schedules an eye exam and contact lens fitting for each member, pays the doctor directly for services at the time of the appointment and coordinates regular contact lens deliveries to the member for a full year. The company has also built an educational curriculum into the annual membership which teaches members about eye health, available care options and provides general information about the vision care industry.
“Sightbox has introduced several new patients to our practice over the past year,” said Bradley Smith, O.D. and lead practitioner at Tigard Vision Center. “Technology in medicine is great, but many eye exam technology solutions lag greatly behind the ability of a trained doctor with a clinical acumen. We appreciate that Sightbox has a budget-friendly program for patients that prioritizes an annual eye exam with a licensed doctor as part of the process. The goal should be to ensure patients receive good care and are able to maintain eye health and eyesight for the long-term.”
Sightbox is currently offering its annual memberships to individuals who are able to join through the company website. Employers are also able to offer these services at a group rate as part of their employee benefits packages. For more information, visit www.sightbox.com.
Sightbox is a simple, budget-friendly solution for people who wear contact lenses. Each membership includes an eye exam, contact lens fitting and annual supply of contacts, delivered monthly as a subscription box. The company is designed for people who need contacts and don’t have a current prescription, or haven’t had it updated in at least one year. Sightbox supports all major manufacturer soft disposable lenses including toric, multifocal and color contacts within its standard vision plan.