Q: Please describe what the Clear Chart is used for and give a basic sense of how it works.
Dr. Prajapati: ClearChart 2 has a high resolution, LED backlit 19 inch display built for vision testing. The bright, high-contrast, factory-calibrated display enables procedures to be performed with the lights on or off.
Q: How does the Clear Chart assist in the measurement of visual acuity?
Dr. Prajapati: The infrared remote control enables access to all tests from virtually anywhere in the room. One can easily switch exam screens, exam modes and access slides to help educate patients. ClearChart 2 software is powered by Linux, ensuring consistent and reliable performance.
Q: What is it about this particular technology that you find most exciting; the component that made you feel you need to invest in this for your practice?
Dr. Prajapati: It’s a great technology that makes no noise and takes up zero space in the exam rooms.
Q: Can you describe the patient experience when using the Clear Chart?
Dr. Prajapati: First, patients simply think it looks cool. It’s a far cry from someone holding an eye chart poster at the end of the room. Parents (and kids) love the picture mode for their child as it facilitates quicker and more accurate acuity testing.
Q: Do your patients appreciate the upgrade in technology?
Dr. Prajapati: Yes, patients can easily tell our office is technology driven and ready to handle anything from the routine eye exam case to the complex medical emergencies.
Q: How does this technology improve patient care and education?
Dr. Prajapati: ClearChart 2 helps improve patient care due to its proper calibration which gives the doctor accurate results if someone has a problem seeing at distance.
ClearChart 2 is great for patient education as it has several slides that help explain in layman terms what myopia or nearsightedness is and hyperopia or farsightedness is as well as various eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Q: Are there specific patients for whom the use of Clear Chart is particularly helpful or useful? Why?
Dr. Prajapati: Yes, for a number of types of patients
- Children’s Optotypes: three different sets including Allen Symbols, Kolt-like symbols and other images
- Special Test Charts for astigmatism testing, suppression and fixation – good for patients that have binocular vision issues
- Contrast Sensitivity testing with sine-wave grating or contrast optotypes – another form of visual acuity testing
- Cartoon loop with sound for pediatric fixation
- Large range of optotypes: 17 letter set, 8 letter set, Sloan, HOTV, Landolt C, Landolt C and O, Tumbling E – good for just variability to prevent someone from memorizing one chart; also good for non-verbal patients
Q: Why did you choose this supplier to purchase this particular equipment from?
Dr. Prajapati: Reichert technologies are one of the leaders in providing ophthalmic based medical and testing equipment
Q: Does ClearChart take retinal images too?
Dr. Prajapati: No, but we have other tools, such as the The Zeiss Visucam Pro, which do capture images of the retina.