Lensmeter: A personal look at the Eye Care Professional’s best friend
The year 2020 marked a milestone for the optical industry as it was the 100th. anniversary of the introduction of the first commercial lensmeter for measuring the effective power of an ophthalmic lens; while this year 2021 is observed as a significant year due to the innovative advances in this field.
When we talk about a lensometer, we usually refer to its ability to measure the optical power of a lens, but today, we must also recognize the many ways in which it facilitates our work and optimizes our performance as eye care professionals.
An automatic lensometer was designed to measure lens power by projecting a light beam from one side of the lens onto a scale in the other side, measuring how far it is projected.
But what makes it more appealing than manual equipment? Its superior level of precision and speed for measuring all types of lenses, including automatic detection of single, bifocal and progressive lenses.
A built-in PD sensor, accurate and precise UV level evaluation and the ability to measure even progressive lenses are its combined features to distinguish the equipment from other units of its kind.
Equipment such as Genesis GEN DL-2 keep their antecessor precision and add a capacity of measuring harmful blue light transmittance. Also, they support in its own way climate change matters by having a QR code scanner which allows you to have the prescription on your mobile screen.
A built-in PD meter, an accurate UV filter sensor and the incorporation of advanced optical technologies such as Wave Front are now standards that were not available a few years ago in this type of equipment.
Currently, there are autolensmeters that go further, such as the one presented by the brand Genesis DL-2, which keeps the precision of its predecessor the DL-1 and adds other novel attributes such as the ability to measure harmful blue light transmittance of a lens or the QR code generator to deliver measurement results to mobile devices so you do not need to print it. Of course, a thermal printer is available, but who doesn’t want to go green after all?
There are many other positive aspects in using an autolensmeter, such as improving the look of your digital office due to its compact and relaxed design, whici will help you keep your workspace
The forest beyond the trees
The latest advances in optical science and technology have reached the digital lensometer, which continues to be the reference instrument for today’s visual health professional, 100 years after its introduction.
But the most important thing, while we talk about applied science and technology, is to solve problems, give good service, create satisfaction and build a trust based relationship with patients, and the lensometer is an ideal tool for that.