A Device to Build A Dream On
This auto-refractor/keratometer looks to the
R. BLOOMENSTEIN, O.D., F.A.A.O.
you ever day dream about what the exam lane of the future will consist of? After
watching all six episodes of the Star Wars saga, I cannot help but wonder what the
future will hold for optometry. How impressive would it be if we had a Human Cyborg
C3PO or an R2D2 that could accurately and predictably assist in the eye evaluation?
An unlikely scenario since George Lucas does not seem to have plans to develop ophthalmic
equipment but Tomey does. In fact, the RC-5000 auto-refractor/keratometer
is in a new generation of ophthalmic equipment.
It doesn't take long to appreciate the innovative
and technological advancements that are standard in the Tomey RC-5000. Not wanting
to betray my fellow males, I used the RC-5000 without reading the directions or
asking for assistance.
The RC-5000 starts up with a fanfare
of beeps and the alignment of the measurement head. The measurement screen display
is a touch screen that allows the user to maneuver as quickly as a flick of the
wrist. Touching the "R" button activated the automatic measurement and set the measurement
head into a smooth motion aligning the right eye. Rather than the sterile generic
sounds most auto-refractors emit, the Tomey RC-5000 sounds like a galactic video
game as it prepares the measurements. Many patients commented on how "cool" the
sounds were. This may seem trivial, but it has the affect of taking the patient's
mind off the near target while they're focusing. Combining the sounds with the fogging
feature in the Tomey RC-5000 and the wide-viewed fixation target, keeps accommodation
to a minimum, thus providing a highly accurate refractive power measurement.
Features you'll appreciate
The RC-5000 is packed with features that give
the O.D. as much information as necessary. Simply touching the "mode" display allows
the user to get the refraction and the corneal curvature automatically. If you're
only interested in either the power or the curvature you switch to refractometry,
or keratometry mode. The Tomey RC-5000 assists with contact lens fittings and potential
refractive surgery candidates with a corneal and pupil diameter display. Lastly,
you can achieve a contact lens base curve setting with a touch of the screen. The
Tomey RC-5000 has base curves of contact lenses stored and categorized; it will
suggest lenses that it then automatically prints. How cool is that?
Visual displays of each action with
a corresponding picture or abbreviation leave no room for confusion. Even the printout
displays a diagram of an eye with light rays demonstrating the specific refractive
error, which can be helpful when talking with patients about their needed correction.
It would be myopic to think that all auto-refractors
are created equal. The sleek, compact Tomey RC-5000 can provide a tremendous amount
of information for the optometric work up. The ease of use, vivid graphic displays
and fast, accurate measurements truly make the Tomey RC-5000 an out- of-this-world
auto-refractor. Who knows? If they decide to make Star Wars Episode VII we may see
the RC-5000 on the big screen.
IS THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE REFRACTIVE CLINIC
AT THE BARNET DULANEY PERKINS EYE CENTER IN PHOENIX.
A FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPTOMETRY,
HE LECTURES AND PUBLISHES ON ANTERIOR SEGMENT
CARE AND REFRACTIVE ISSUES.
Optometric Management, Issue: August 2005