Consistent accuracy, robust system and materials, EHR integration capable, Auto-tracking and Auto-capture.
CRT display susceptible to screen burn over time, optical head elevator is a bit stiff, printer cover is flimsy and prone to being lost.
One of the best entry-level Autorefractors/Keratometers still available today- with a slightly dated screen display.
Topcon makes more Autorefractors than any other manufacturer around, and seeming that there have been nearly five new ARK models since the KR-8000 shows the company’s commitment towards refraction, and perhaps profits, too. When we test a Topcon autorefractor, we know that the machine will be accurate, fast, robust, and technologically advanced- regardless of its manufacturer date, and the KR-8000 is no exception to this notion. It does not however possess a color screen like its newer KR-8800, and KR-8900 siblings, nor does it include glare testing and acuities like the brand new KR-800. It utilizes a black and white CRT monitor, and an infrared sensor that illuminates the cornea only when you’re in the vicinity of the eye so in other words you’ll know that what you’re using isn’t fresh off the factory line. But for its market price, you shouldn’t really care. The KR-8000 is almost exactly as accurate as the newer ones (it’s based on the same prism technology) and boasts much of the same hardware the 8800 and 8900 do. No, it doesn’t have a fancy LCD screen that rotates in 17 different ways to impress your patient flow, but it will do everything you ask of it for many years to come.