With iOS 16, iPhones will not just be attractive to look at and functional to use, it also promises to educate you about your health and fitness. In addition to letting you track all your fitness activities, you can use your iPhone to add and update your vision prescriptions inside the Health app so you can check them with convenience whenever you’re upgrading to a new pair of lenses.
In this we’ll explain what Vision Prescription on Health is all about and how you can add yours on iOS 16.
What is Vision Prescription on Health in iOS 16?
The Health app on iOS 16 gets a handful of features including medication tracking, reminders and logging for each medication, interactions between multiple medications, and the ability to share health data securely with loved ones. In addition to all this, you can now add your vision prescriptions inside the Health app, so you can take them with you digitally anywhere you want and track improvements to your eyes on a timely basis.
The new Vision Prescription section can help people who use glasses and contact lenses by providing them with a digital copy of their eyes metrics when buying new glasses or checking for improvements when taking an eye exam. You can save more than one prescription for your vision and all of these records are stored securely on your iPhone.
How to add your vision prescription on the Health app on iPhone
- Required: iOS 16 update
If you wear glasses or contact lenses and you visited your optometrist recently for an eye exam, you can add the updated vision metrics inside the Health app on iOS 16. To do that, open the Health app on your iPhone.
When the app launches, tap on the Browse tab at the bottom right corner.
On the next screen, select Body Measurements.
Here, scroll down and tap on Vision Prescription.
This will take you to the Vision Prescription screen. Here, tap on Add a Prescription at the top.
An overflow menu labeled will load up on the screen that lets you enter the prescription details for your eyes. In the topmost section, you can choose the Lens Type (Glasses or Contacts), enter the issued and expiry date for the lens, and a suitable description for this.
Apple recommends that you add a picture of your vision prescription as suggested by your optometrist. To do that, tap on Add an Image and select how you wish to add the photo from the options available to you.
With that done, you can now move on to more important things, which is entering your important vision data in their relevant fields. The first to fill up is the most important info – your Right (OD) Sphere and Left (OS) Sphere. The values here indicate the actual power of your lens and this determines how near-sighted or far-sighted you are.
Next up, you need to enter the suggested values inside Right Cylinder and Left Cylinder boxes. These values determine the power required by the lens to correct your astigmatism.
After that, you need to enter your Right Axis and Left Axis values that correspond to your cylindrical measurements. These values are an indication of the angle at which your lens positions your astigmatism corrections.
If you’re experiencing age-related long-sightedness, then you can add the prescribed value of magnification to the Right Addition and Left Addition boxes.
As measured by your optometrist, enter your Pupillary Distance inside the Right and Left boxes. The addition of these two values represents the distance between the centers of your right and left pupils.
Once you’ve filled up the prescription entirely based on values provided after the eye exam, scroll to the top and tap on Add.
If you’ve added an image of your prescription, the Health app will directly save the new vision prescription. If not, you’ll be met with a warning that prompts you to add an image of the prescription. If you want to proceed without adding, tap on Confirm.
Your vision prescription will now be saved inside the Health app on your iPhone.
How to view your vision prescription on the Health app
If you’ve saved your vision prescription on your iPhone, you can take a look at it by opening the Health app on iOS 16.
When the app opens, tap on the Browse tab at the bottom.
Inside Browse, select Body Measurements from the list of options.
When the next screen loads up, you should be able to see your recent vision prescription at the top. Tap on your recent prescription to open it.
The selected prescription will now open where you’ll see the issued and expiry date at the top, followed by an image of your prescription.
You can scroll down this screen to see more details that you manually added to your prescription.
If you had saved more than one prescription inside the Health app, tap on All Prescriptions below to load them on the screen.
All your vision prescriptions will now appear here.
That’s all you need to know about adding your Vision Prescription to the Health app on iOS 16.