Visiting the optometrist, your friendly neighbourhood eye doctor, should always be a pleasant experience. Once the optometrist has done the magic of figuring out what strength corrective lenses are needed to help the patient it is time for the optician to take over.
Visual Acuity Charts
Eye charts are something most people are familiar with. You stand or sit while attempting to read a series of letters from a specified distance, sometimes with one eye covered. Snellen charts are an iconic fixture in any optician’s office. But Truvision is changing the way opticians test visual acuity. Digital acuity charts can streamline the way you test for visual acuity. It’s an all-inclusive system that allows you to set up a single lane in your office. The system’s intuitive interface allows you to see what the patient is seeing whether the lane is mirrored or not on the touchscreen tablet that gives you access to all of the functions.
A lensometer is also called a lensmeter or vertometer, and it is a necessary tool in expediting patient appointments. When a patient feels that their time is valued and they don’t have to spend hours at the optician, they are more likely to become loyal customers. This piece of equipment can measure the strength of a patient’s current pair of glasses. This is a big time saver because it gives the doctor a starting point for the vision test. It is also somewhat of a quality control inspector. When a pair of glasses come in, the lensometer can be used to cross check the prescription ordered and the lens prescription.
Way back when, opticians had to measure the distance from the center of the patient’s nose to their pupil with a ruler, but modernity has brought about this extremely accurate tool to do it quickly and easily, down to one-half of a millimeter. Using a pupillometer ensures that the optical center of each lens is directly over the patient’s pupil for easier viewing.
Having one of these cleaners on hand can make a dirty pair of frames appear almost brand new. Because glasses sit on the patient’s face, on desks, atop heads and other miscellaneous places, they will inevitably need some deep professional cleaning to prolong their quality of life. Makeup, oil, sweat and dirt build up and can lessen the clarity of the lenses and dull the frame, and an ultrasonic cleaner can take it all away. The ability to place a pair of crystal clear spectacles on your patient’s face will not go unnoticed.
With the popularity of rimless glasses, it is a great idea to have all the necessary tools to handle their repair and care. Some of these tools and accessories include an easy bevel, replacement cord and mounter.
When you have all the necessary tools to troubleshoot efficiently and effectively, your quality of care will be very visible to your patients and they will come to you again and again. Being an optician involves more than just putting a pair of well-fitted glasses on a face, it also means putting smiles on faces.
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