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Patient and practitioner benefit


Malinda Halley
BOptom(Hons) GradCertOcTher(Hons)
Dapto NSW

CV-5000S Automated Vision Tester

Device Technologies


I’m a private practice owner in Dapto, a suburb south of Wollongong on the South Coast. We’ve been in Dapto since 1995, and at our current location since 2003 in a stand-alone professional building near other health-care practitioners such as dentists, a podiatrist, X-ray services and general practitioners.

I like to streamline things where possible in my practice, and the option of an automated phoropter has appealed to me for a few years. When Device Technologies offered to lend me the CV-5000S to assess how helpful it would be in my practice, I agreed. That was six months ago and I can see I’m not going back.

The KB-50S control panel allows the operator to control all aspects of refraction from the colour touch-screen display. Although I had used a computer-based eye chart prior to the CV-5000 system, I found that having the chart and the phoropter integrated with one another speeds up the consultation.

My desk is set up to refract with my left hand while my right hand rests on my keyboard and I have the patient on my right-hand side. I’m right-handed so this combination works well. As I have one hand free, I can enter data, including refraction aspects, at the same time as recording patient comments as often mid-stride patients will say: ‘My dad has glaucoma.’

Ergonomic benefits

The main benefit of the CV-5000S is physical: instead of holding my arms in the ‘hanging the washing’ position, or standing and being away from my screen and data entry, I can remain seated and type, talk and refract at the same time. My desktop is now all at one working distance; my keyboard, my CV5000 and my slitlamp are all at the same level. My shoulders are happier. My wrists and thumbs are happier. My back is happier.

The CV-5000S and KB-50S are modern in appearance and they settled nicely onto my desk. Patients are familiar with touch screens and the increasing integration of computers and devices into medical care.

The interface takes a little time to get used to; I have yet to program in my own routines but I can see this will be happening shortly. On the first day, I used it in manual mode and it was just as fast as a regular refraction. There are some export facilities to programs such as Optomate, but I have yet to set up this feature.

Device Technologies has been very helpful with integrating the CV-5000S with our existing pretester. The data between the machines are available at the touch of a button and import straight to the phoropter. There are options to flick between the current refraction and plano, for example, with the press of a button.

I’ve found that with practice, I can refract with the large, comfortable knobs without looking. There is a button for SPHERE, CYL, AXIS, PD, ADD and so on. The design is intuitive so you get to know fairly quickly where they are.

I love the CV-5000S. I’m wondering how to get a second one for my other consulting room.

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