by Anura Guruge
Vision testing machines not including the really NEAT NIDEK Phoropter (a.k.a. ‘refractor’) they also use. See below. This image as is the picture of the external sign by Anura Guruge (from his Panasonic Lumix LX100).
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If you are a regular reader you will know that I always maintained that Dr. James Eakin, who alas passed away in August 2014 (way too prematurely), was, indubitably, THE BEST eye doctor in Central New Hampshire. With Jim’s passing we were in a lurch. We all went to Jim for our eye care (though I had to go somewhere for my bionic contacts). We tried a ‘local’ optometrist, up here ‘in the Lakes’, and was NOT happy. I had also got very disillusioned with the ‘fancy’ Manchester eye care place that saw me for my contacts — the only impressive thing about them being the outright audacity of their bills.
Deanna asked around, using her reach on Facebook, and heard about “Capital Vision Center“. We have now been there twice. Once in February for Deanna and yesterday, April 5th, so that Teischan (10) could get contacts. Both times we saw Dr. Baylus and he has impressed me, immensely. Given my dodgy eyes (despite my “Eagle Eyes” nickname) I am no stranger to eye doctors and I am rather particular. I have seen specialist in legendary Harley Street (in London) and Boylston Street (in Boston). Well, I am going to go see Dr. Baylus next. We have had a few conversations, about eyes, and I like his style.
I think this is the Digital Phoropter he uses. I could be wrong. It is pretty similar to this. Click to ENLARGE.
PLUS, they have ALL the latest technology — machines that I have only seen in Boston (though the place I was going to in Boylston St. had some of these machines 15 years ago). They use Digital Phoropters. That is so neat. The old analog phoropters, though visually and mechanically appealing, always seemed way too complicated for what they were trying to do. I would often have this conversation with eye doctors. Standing there adjusting all those knobs and sticking external lenses into holders just seemed so inefficient. Love the concept of the digital phoropter (and I am sure they are not cheap). I also think that they probably can be made to do more than they are currently used for — e.g., I am sure that they, with a bit more technology, could automatically, come up with the optimum prescription for your eyes.
Anyhow. This place is impressive and Dr. Baylus, from what I have seen so far, knows his stuff. I am not sure that I am willing, as yet, to pass on Jim’s mantle over to him but he is the only one in the running for now.
A beautiful example of an old analog phoropter, from Wikipedia, if you had no idea what I was talking about. Click to ENLARGE and goggle. I am going to check ebay to see how much an old one is. Would make a real neat wall hanging.
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by Anura Guruge