Starting Your Practice: Eyesight Testing Equipment

Finding the Right Eyesight Testing Equipment

A modern optometry practice is one that provides high-quality service while also using state of the art equipment. Eyesight testing equipment is just one component of your practice that will make your patients experience run more smoothly. There are many machines out there that can improve the fluency of your practice. The equipment will increase your skills as a doctor, giving you the ability to deliver the highest quality care to your patient, while also setting you apart from the care of your peers. Here are a few essential tools that can help you improve your patient’s experience and success.

Optometry involves examining the eye, detecting and managing defects in vision, looking signs of injury, and diagnosing ocular diseases or abnormality. Modern optometry practice includes the use of eyesight testing equipment that has the latest technological advancements such as the VT1 Vision Screener or a Digital VA System.


A tonometer is an important eyesight testing equipment that is used to measure the pressure of the eye. The non-contact tonometer does so by blowing air into the eye. Tonometers are of importance to guarantee that the eyes internal pressure can maintain the eye’s shape and avoid damaging conditions such as glaucoma which occurs when the optic nerve is damaged by the pressure of eye fluid.

Digital VA System

A digital Visual Acuity (VA) chart is a popular eyesight testing equipment that includes various features. A Visual Acuity chart, also known as the ‘Snellen Chart’, measures the sharpness of a patient’s vision with the use of optotypes, colors or patterns. Previous versions of the chart were simply pre-printed cards and charts hung on the wall or a projection of the chart. A digital VA chart is connected to a computer which has the ability to randomize the letters and provide charts for different clinical situations such as astigmatism.        


An autorefractor is equipment used to measure the refractive index of the eye and a patient’s prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. This eyesight testing equipment is convenient as it’s quick, simple, and provides accurate results. A patient focuses on an image while the machine takes readings to determine the correction needed so that the ‘focus point’ is on the retina. The readings can be translated into a prescription. Autorefractors are reliable and often used in conjunction with an eyesight testing equipment called phoropter.


A phoropter is an equipment used to test individual lenses on each eye during an exam by switching multiple lenses in front a patient’s eyes. If a patient is found to be nearsighted or farsighted, a phoropter is likely to be used to determine the exact vision correction required for the individual eye.  

Vision Screener

Depisteo vision screeners are used in a variety of different tests including Hyperopia, Astigmatism, glare resistance, and glare sensitivity. In addition, it is used in order to detect a patient’s visual distances while also conducting a complete visual field test. The Depisteo VT1 vision screener is computerized making it easier to export results supporting a quick and efficient environment for patients health. Vision screeners are an essential eyesight testing equipment for a practice, that helps improve a patients experience.  

Whether you have been a practicing optometrist for years or are just now starting a clinic, this eyesight testing equipment will ensure that you deliver the highest quality care to your patient. Having the most advanced ocular equipment in your practice will make you stand out among your peers. It is important to remember that these are just a few devices that can help diagnose patients.