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The Machine

The Visioffice is a state-of-the-art optical dispensing machine that allows us to gather more precise measurements required for today’s new lens designs. With this machine, we are now able to record up to 20 measurements in about 1 minute. This increased data allows us to take advantage of the new digital technology available to dispense more accurate and personalized lenses than ever before.

What have we always measured?

Pupillary Distance

Commonly referred to as the P.D., this is the measurement of distance between a person’s pupils.

Seg Height

The height of the multifocal within the lens. For progressive lenses, we are measuring where a person’s pupil sits vertically within the frame. For a Bi-focal, we measure where the bi-focal line will be located.

What additional measurements can we take with the Visioffice?

Visioffice Measurements

<strongFrame Wrap

The amount of curve on the front face of a frame. Higher wrap in a lens can cause distortion along the outside edges in some designs.

Pantoscopic Tilt

The angle of the frame from the front of the face.Ocular DominanceThe tendency to prefer visual input from one eye to the other. A person’s dominant eye tends to reach the object being viewed first when we change gaze direction.

Vertex Distance

The distance from the back surface of the spectacle lens to the front of the cornea.Head/Eye RatioThe tendency of a person to move one’s head vs one’s eyes when looking at items in different locations.

Natural Head Posture

The angle of tilt at which a person’s head naturally rests when looking straight ahead.

What do these extra measurements mean to my lenses?

Every aspect of the frame and lens effects the optics of a lens. Since no two people and no two frames have exactly the same measurements, previous lens technology has had to assume an average of all of the above measurements. Now that we can measure each aspect accurately and we have more advanced digital technology to create the lenses, every aspect of the frame and patient’s measurements can be taken into account to tailor lenses to each individual patient and frame. This means less distortion in the outer edges of any lens, less “swim” in progressive lenses, and better clarity in the intermediate and near reading zones of progressive lenses.

What else can the Visioffice do?

Product Demonstrations

Our Visioffice also has many demonstrations so our patients can see exactly what the products they are purchasing will do before they pay for them. We are now able to show you the difference in weight and thickness of lenses based on different lens materials. We can also show you how different types of coatings will effect your vision at different lighting levels. This means you can make a more educated decision about which products make sense for your lifestyle.

Visioffice Frame Selection Tool

Photo/Video for Frame Selection

We can also take photos and videos of you in different frames so you can see what you really look like! It’s not always easy to see whether you like a frame without your prescription lenses in them. By taking a photo of you wearing the frames, you can see what you look like. We can also email photos to friends and family members so you can get their opinion right then.