4 Tips for Refracting More Efficiently

You can use numerous tips and tricks to ensure you’re refracting at lighting speed, especially while managing a great patient load. Let’s explore those tricks one by one.

Use an Autorefractor

Using an autorefractor is the first step having a head start your patient’s rx. Getting them comfortable is the next. When you’re using an effective autorefractor that does the job of analyzing your patients well, you’ll manage your patient’s refractive problems much easier.

Ask If They’re Happy with Their Current RX

Ask them if they are happy with their current rx. If they are you can plug that into the phoropter to get started. If they aren’t happy with their current RX, you can always change the prescription to suit their needs better. That’s one way of managing your patients, and if you want them to keep choosing you as their OD, you’ll have to listen to their prescription worries. In any case, if they want you to change their prescription, do so (if you think it’s suitable).

Have a Tech Assistant

To ensure you’re running a smooth ship, you should have some help around. It would help if you got an adequate tech assistant to see your patients and conduct a pre-test. Your tech assistant can also help set up the phoropter based on the existing RX, ensuring everything goes accordingly. Every patient has a different set of problems; hence a different RX will be written for them. You’ll have to have the refractor set according to their RX to treat them properly.


A lot goes on in an optometrist’s daily routine, including tending to numerous patients with different problems. It would be best to treat each of them according to their needs. When diagnosing a patient, you need to ensure they’re comfortable since it’s already intimidating enough that they have to visit a physician. The more comfortable your patients get, the easier it’ll be for you to examine and diagnose them.

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