Nidek has announced the launch of the Fully Assisted Refraction System (FARS), an optional kit for the TS-610 Nidek Tabletop Refraction System. allowing for subjective refractions that integrate the chart and refractor into a single unit.
FARS is used to determine the full refractive correction based on patient response using objective data or spectacle prescription as the starting point. The kit consists of a joystick controller and the FARS application software. Gentle voice guidance prompts the patient to respond to questions with a joystick controller. A Windows computer/tablet displays the test progress and times as the refraction progresses. A staff member can check progress even if they do not accompany the patient. Using well-established testing algorithms based on the Nidek TS-610, FARS allows accurate, reliable subjective refractions.
This system enhances the efficiency of the refraction, improves workflow and staff allocation in the facility and mitigates the risk of repetitive strain among staff personnel. As each patient proceeds through the test independently, a single staff member can cover multiple devices. Efficient refractions allow the facility to focus on patient consultation and value-added examinations. The space-saving design minimizes the device footprint and FARS enhances the patient experience through a simplified examination procedure.
“More than just an optional kit, the incorporation of FARS further expands the capability of the TS-610 to deliver a unique subjective refraction which supports a highly-productive, efficient practice by increasing throughput,” Motoki Ozawa, President and CEO of Nidek, said in a company news release. “We strongly believe that FARS for the TS-610 system will transform optical and optometric practice to the next level.”