What does a Retinoscope do?

What does a Retinoscope do?

What is retinoscopy? Retinoscopy (also called skiascopy) is a technique to objectively determine the refractive error of the eye (farsighted, nearsighted, astigmatism) and the need for glasses. The test can be quick, easy, reliably accurate and requires minimal cooperation from the patient.

Are Autorefractors accurate?

Accuracy is up greatly too in the latest wave of autorefractors, according to Dr. Key. His office bought a new NIDEK autorefractor about three years ago, and he reports that, as long as the patient can fixate, the machine gives a good reading. He finds it especially accurate in determining the axis of the astigmatism.

How do you perform a retinoscope?

The retinoscope consists of a light, a condensing lens that concentrates the light, and a mirror. During the procedure, our doctors use the retinoscope to shine light through the pupil, then moves the light vertically and horizontally across each eye and observes how the light reflects off the retina.

How do you do a Cyclorefraction?


  1. 3 rounds of cycloplegic eye drops will be given and it will take up to 30 minutes.
  2. After which, there will be a waiting time of 30 to 45 minutes for the pupils to be dilated before cyclorefraction can be done.
  3. Once cyclorefraction is done, the child will wait for doctor’s consultation.

Why do we do subjective refraction?

The goal of the subjective refraction is to achieve clear and comfortable binocular vision. The clinician’s ability to maintain control during the refraction is directly related to their ability to communicate clearly with the patient.

Can you have an astigmatism with 20 20 vision?

Is 20/20 vision possible with astigmatism? Yes, people with very mild astigmatism can still experience 20/20 uncorrected vision (vision without corrective lenses). However, the letters on the “20/20” line of the eye chart won’t be as distinct as they are for someone with no refractive error.