Digital phoropters may be set to become the ‘new normal’ in optometry practices, as practitioners and patients alike seek to maintain a safer physical distance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A digital phoropter allows practitioners to perform a subjective refractive test by controlling the phoropter head from a touch screen on their desk, and at a distance from the patient.
“Everyone is extremely sensitive during these challenging times, and looking for any solutions to aid with social-distancing,” said Ryan Heggie, Business Manager – Ophthalmic Diagnostic at Device Technologies. “A slit lamp breath shield, for example, has quickly become an essential accessory to provide some sort of barrier when practitioner and patient are sitting face to face, typically within 50cm of each other.
“Other solutions are perhaps less obvious, but can provide a broad range of benefits – not only by providing the ability to refract at a distance from the patient, but also by creating workflow efficiencies perhaps not previously recognised.
“The very nature of a manual phoropter head requires direct contact with the control knobs located within close vicinity of the patient’s face,” said Mr Heggie. “Conversely, you can perform a subjective refraction test using a digital phoropter while maintaining a safe distance.”
Device Technologies distributes the Topcon CV-5000, which Mr Heggie says can also streamline workflows with the integration of complementary equipment, including an auto-refractor, auto-keratometer and computerised lensmeter.
“This interface allows both a patient’s computerised lensmeter measurement and objective auto-refraction results to be sent to the controller, and either one to be auto-populated into the phoropter head, which can be used as a starting point for the subjective refraction test.
Mr Heggie said the ability to interface with management software, such as Optomate or Sunix, enables the patient’s final subjective refraction to be sent to the patient file, minimising manual data entry.
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