…Interpreting refractive data – not gathering it – will remain the cornerstone of Optometry. The future of the profession rests on its ability to adopt more of a medical model toward gathering patient data. Quantitative measures can be done on machines. A doctor should only perform functions that require clinical judgment.
Patients really like the Xfraction process more than a traditional refraction because it’s over quicker. They are more confident about the results, it’s a different experience, and I am able to incorporate WaveFront information into determining their correct prescription. Also I am able to use the information when designing contact lenses for them whether it’s an off the shelf soft lens or customized gas permeable I design.
The doctors in my practice comfortably delegate all testing to our technicians. With the “Marco Connect” EMR capability, transcription errors are taken out of the equation. We have fewer remakes in our optical that has not only helped to increase our optical revenue, but the OPD-Scan III selects patients that need a second pair of glasses at night. We have the ability to show our patients on the TRS the difference in their old prescription vs. new, and how a night pair of glasses would help them in just seconds.
Although I work hard, Marco played an integral role of my success. What I found is that the total XFRACTION package shortened my exam time by an average of 5 minutes. Instead of 25 minute complete exams, they are now around 20 minutes. I increased my exam fee slightly and I have my staff do the OPD pre-testing because it is so easy, fast, and accurate. The information is transferred into the TRS and there is such a flow and rhythm to refracting now – even the patients like it. Because of this streamlined system, I was able to increase to 500 eye exams in one year. Even if you just started with the basic automated chart and digital refractor, it would pay for itself in 6 months.
I like the accuracy and comprehensive nature of the data I receive from the XFRACTION process. When I enter the examination room, the results are on my screen. At a quick glance, I have a feel for what the patient’s optical path looks and what his best corrected vision should be. I can effortlessly and immediately show the patient differences between his habitual correction and today’s refractive result, which allows for an easier justification of the investment in new eyeglasses. Considering the time needed for printing and transcribing the data, I estimate I’m saving 3 to 5 minutes per encounter. That’s significant found time each day.
With the XFRACTION system’s speed and accuracy, I was able to grow the practice in the space that I had. I now have 2,100 square feet and three lanes. At first, I thought I needed just the one system, but after only a month in the new office, I realized I needed all three lanes running with the same process. It’s been a tremendous benefit to the practice.
I have used various autorefractors in my career, many have provided a good starting point for subjective refraction. However, with the OPD-Scan III and TRS-5100, I now have the accuracy of wave front guided refractive data to quickly and precisely generate the best refractive endpoints and visual satisfaction. Compared to traditional refraction, Wavefront Optimized Refraction what Marco calls the ‘XFRACTION’ process represents a new age in digital refractions.
This system has increased our office’s overall efficiency. The patient experience has been greatly improved, and that’s one reason why I like XFRACTION. People have choices when it comes to their eye care. The XFRACTION process helps set us apart by showing patients how precisely we can measure their prescriptions.
A few years ago I decided to make a decision with my practice. Before that, my technology for doing refractions was a standard refractor and a retinoscope. So, what I decided to do was bring in the Xfraction process. The lensmeter, OPD Scan, the TRS 5100 series and we did the whole process so we can have that patient experience. How many times have you had a patient, usually in my practice, a forty to fifty year old male point to the refractor and say “how long have you had this, you have all of this other cool technology, but how long have you had this thing? which probably hasn’t changed since the seventies. So, I have more “wows”. I truly believe that the whole process gives me better data. I know more information about that patient’s refractive system before I even do anything. I know who is probably going to be able to see 20/20 and who is not because I get that information from the WaveFront. I truly believe that the TRS-5100 series or that type of process with the digitized refraction is really easier for the patients.
Not only is the XFRACTION process very accurate and comprehensive, but it also incorporates pupillometry. We now understand the intimate relationship between the size of the pupil and the patient’s vision, and with XFRACTION, we have a more complete picture by controlling pupil size for both higher- and lower-order values.