Skip to main content

Just North of Horsetooth on Shields St. in Fort Collins, CO

Clearly, Our Focus Is On You!

Menu
Colorado-pic
Home » Your Eye Health » Eye Exams » Common Tests » Autorefractor

Autorefractor

If you’ve discovered you might need vision correction during your eye examination, it’s vital to determine just how “much” your eyes need to be corrected with lenses or contact lenses. This is called measuring your “refraction.

Autorefractors automatically measure this value during an eye examination.

While seated with your chin in a stabilizing chinrest, you’ll be asked to focus on an image or point of light. The autorefractor automatically determines the correction needed to place your “focus point” on top of the retina, the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye responsible for correctly processing images.

The measurement taken by an autorefractor can be translated into a prescription for eyeglasses.

In eye exams for small children, or for people with special needs who may have trouble sitting calmly during an extended exam, or verbally describing their vision problems—autorefractors give highly accurate measurements used to determine vision correction needs, automatically.

How do autorefractors work?

Autorefractors only take a few moments to determine each measurement for each eye. What’s more, autorefractors are quite reliable and are sometimes used in conjunction with a machine called a phoroptor to manually switch lenses in front of your eyes to provide ideal vision correction.

 

Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide, for informational material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the EyeGlass Guide today!

Protecting our Patients from Coronavirus

To our valued patients: We value the health and safety of our patients and staff above all else. To that end, we are following the CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made the difficult decision to significantly reduce our office hours and services to urgent/emergent eye care only effective immediately and until further notice. The limited office hours will be Monday through Friday 9 am to Noon. Thank you for your understanding. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update patients as the situation develops. Please call regarding contact lens and glasses needs, and we will do what we can to accommodate your situation. 970-490-2020

x

PLEASE NOTE: Please visit this page for updated information on the coronavirus situation.