Phoroptor® VRx - Digital Refraction System - Reichert

Phoroptor® VRx - Digital Refraction System

Drive practice efficiency and accelerate the exam process. Phoroptor VRx Digital Refraction System easily adapts to your practice, allowing you to rapidly perform all of the functions of a manual Phoroptor, and so much more, while comfortably seated next to your patient.

Phoroptor VRx sets new standards in digital refraction. With the thinnest, most compact design available, incredibly fast lens exchanges, motorized prisms, split cylinder lenses, and ultra-quiet operation, Phoroptor VRx offers an outstanding patient experience.

The touchscreen display and ergonomic keypad features a multi-function control knob with unmatched feel and versatility. The intuitive interface has all the pre-programmed and programmable tests you’ll need for an exceptional user experience.

Phoroptor VRx connects to EMR systems as well as numerous models of pre-test and acuity devices from both Reichert and non-Reichert brands, for effortless integration.
Phoroptor VRx is made in the USA.
Phoroptor is a registered trademark of Reichert, Inc.

Inventing and reinventing.

Reichert's legacy in refraction continues.

For over 90 years, the Phoroptor® name has been synonymous with the world's finest refracting instrument. Phoroptor® VRx continues with the same legendary engineering, quality, craftsmanship, and reliability – now with the speed and efficiency of a digital refraction.

Smallest design. Biggest impression.

See more of your patient. See more patients.

With the most compact digital refractor head available (12.2 W x 8 H x 2.8 D in. at a 64 mm PD), Phoroptor VRx is non-intimidating and allows for greater patient visibility. The sleek, refined and high-tech styling of Phoroptor VRx will impress all your current patients and help gain new ones.

Impressively thin.

Thinnest Phoroptor yet.

To prevent patients from experiencing tunnel vision, Phoroptor VRx has the thinnest lens profile amongst digital refractors, at 26 mm. In fact, Phoroptor VRx has a thinner aperture than a manual Phoroptor.


Unique prism lenses.

To achieve the thinnest lens profile, Phoroptor VRx has external motorized prism lenses that slide in and out only as needed.

Refined interior & exterior.

Premium parts and assembly.

Premium motors and metal housing provides Phoroptor VRx with incredibly fast and ultra-quiet lens exchanges. Unlike other digital refactors, your patients will hardly notice the lens movement. Phoroptor VRx is designed and hand-assembled by skilled technicians in Buffalo, New York, USA.

More cylinders. More horsepower.

Jackson Cross Cylinder, Smart Cylinder, and Split Cylinder

Refinement of cylinder power and axis can be accomplished using the familiar Jackson Cross Cylinder or the innovative Smart Cylinder method where cylinder power and axis are automatically bracketed based on the amount of cylinder in the patient’s prescription. Phoroptor VRx also features a Split Cylinder mode, where patients are simultaneously presented with two targets.

Selectable drive modes.

Pre-programmed & programmable tests.

To increase efficiency and allow refraction to be delegated to trained technicians, Phoroptor VRx has pre-programmed and programmable test options. You can choose from pre-programmed tests including astigmatism, phoria, binocular balance, and near vision. Customize up to four user programmable sequences that can be easily modified or conveniently shared between Phoroptor VRx systems.

Automatic headlights.

Illuminated near point

The RotoChart near point card is automatically illuminated, with two available brightness levels, when the reading rod is lowered into position.

Precise handling and control.

Logical keypad design.

The Phoroptor VRx controller features a logically and ergonomically arranged keypad, designed to enhance the user experience. Buttons are grouped based on functionality for easy access: gray for data, blue for refraction, and black for acuity. Buttons are also LED backlit for better visibility in dimly lit exam rooms.

Multi-function knob.

The Phoroptor VRx multi-function control knobis smooth rotating and has a solid feel comparableto the Ultramatic RX Master™ Phoroptor® dialsyou know and love, for unmatched controlknob versatility.

Instant comparison.

Quickly compare prescriptions.

With a single touch, switch between final, subjective, unaided, auto refractor, or lensmeter data, allowing your patient to instantly visualize the difference in prescriptions.

Your digital dashboard.

10.4 inch touchscreen display.

You can access all functions and settings of the intuitive user interface, through the integrated 10.4 inch tilting, touchscreen display

Well connected & plays well with others.

Connectivity to pre-screening and acuity devices.

Phoroptor VRx seamlessly connects to Reichert lensmeters, auto refractors, and acuity systems, such as ClearChart 2 and ClearChart 3P, along with a comprehensive list of non-Reichert compatible devices. (See Specifications).

Bluetooth® comes standard.

Wirelessly connected.

Bluetooth is built into the Phoroptor VRx Central Unit and Reichert Bluetooth adapters (see Specifications) can be paired to connect an external instrument wirelessly.

Effortless integration.

EMR compatibility.

Phoroptor VRx integrates with an extensive list of EMR systems, removing the risk of transcription error and increasing patient throughput. Phoroptor VRx can take advantage of an EMR system’s capability of bi-directional communication, allowing you to import and export refraction data.

Specifications: VRx


Products: Included & Optional

16241 - Phoroptor VRx, Middle Mount
Includes: Phoroptor VRx Head Assembly, Central Unit, Controller

16242 - Phoroptor VRx with Prism, Middle Mount 
Includes: Phoroptor VRx Head Assembly, Central Unit, Controller

Standard Included Accessories:

  • Dust Cover - Phoroptor Head
  • Dust Cover - Controller
  • Phoroptor Cable
  • User’s Guide
  • Decimal Card Holder or Snellen Card Holder
  • Power Cord 115V or Power Cord 230V
  • Card Beam Assembly
  • Card Illuminator
  • Face Shield Kit (2 sets)
  • Quick Reference Card

Optional Accessories:

  • Thermal Printer 
  • Wireless Dongle Kit 16250 - Bluetooth connection to ClearChart 3P, AL200 
  • Wireless Dongle Kit 16251 - Bluetooth connection to ClearChart 2
  • Wireless Dongle Kit 16253 - Bluetooth connection to AP250, AL700, RK700
  • Wireless Dongle Kit 16254 - Bluetooth connection to RK600
  • Wireless Dongle Kit 16255 - Bluetooth connection to AL500, Computer
  • Wireless Dongle 16233 - Single Bluetooth dongle w/ null modem paring cable


Phoroptor Head:

  • Spherical Effects
    +17.75 to -22.25 D
    0.25 and 1.0 D

  • Cylinder Power
    -8.0 to +8.0 D
    0.25 and 1.0 D

  • Axis Adjustment 
    0° to 180° 
    1° and 10°

  • Cross Cylinder Test 
    ±0.25 D

  • Prismatic Effects (Optional) 
    0.20 Prism Diopter per eye 
    0.50 Prism Diopter per eye 0.25 Prism Diopter per eye

  • Corneal Vertex Distance 
    16 mm

  • Pupil Distance 
    50 to 80 mm 
    Steps 1 mm binocular 

  • Convergence 
    400 mm

  • Height Level of Eyes, adjustment 
    ±3 mm

  • Leveling 
    via bubble level

  • Free Aperture 
    19 mm

  • Thickness of Housing at the Viewing Aperture 
    26 mm

  • Width x Height x Depth (at PD = 64 mm)
    31 x 20.3 x 7.1 cm (12.2 x 8 x 2.8 in.)

  • Weight With Mount, Without Prism Compensator 
    4.42 kg (9.75 lb)

  • Weight With Mount, With Prism Compensator 
    4.65 kg (10.25 lb)

  • Weight Without Mount, Without Prism Compensator 
    3.95 kg (8.70 lb)

  • Weight Without Mount, With Prism Compensator
    4.17 kg (9.20 lb)

Controller with Display:

  • Controller - Width x Height x Depth
    23.4 x 4.6 x 16.8 cm (9.9 x 1.5 x 6.9 in.)

  • Display - Width x Height x Depth
    22.4 x 15.7 x 1.5 cm (10 x 7 x 2.8 in.)

  • Display Size - Diagonal
    10.4 in. (1024x768 pixel resolution)
  • Weight 
    2.9 kg (6.4 lb)

Central Unit:

Physical Specifications

  • Width x Height x Depth
    20.1 x 8.9 x 26.7 cm (7.9 x 3.5 x 10.5 in.)
  • Weight 
    3.2 kg (7.1 lb)

Electrical Specifications

  • Input Voltage 
    100 - 240V~
  • Frequency 
    50 - 60 Hz
  • Current (max.) 
    60 VA
  • Fuses 
    T2AL 250V
  • Ports (1 each): 
    Controller (Keypad)
    Projector (Acuity System)
    Instrument 1 I/O
    Instrument 2 I/O
    EMR Port
    Transfer Port

Device Compatibility:

As of December 2014


  • Reichert AL200

  • Reichert AL500

  • Reichert AL700

  • Humphrey LA 350

  • Luneau L70

  • Nidek LM 1

  • Rodenstock AL 4500

  • Rodenstock AL 4600

  • Tomey TL 2000

  • Tomey TL 3000

  • Topcon CL 2000

  • Topcon CL 100

  • Topcon CL 200

Auto Refractors:

  • Reichert RK600 

  • Reichert RK700

  • Canon RF 10 

  • Canon RK F1 

  • Canon RK F2

  • Humphrey Hark 599

  • Nidek AR 2

  • Nidek AR 800 

  • Nidek AR 900

  • Nidek ARK 710

  • Nidek AR 800

  • Nidek AR 900

  • Nidek Tonoref II

  • Righton/Nikon RETINOMAX

  • Righton/Nikon Speedy

  • Rodenstock CX 1000

  • Tomey TR 4000 

  • Tomey TR 5000

  • Topcon KR 8x00

  • Topcon KR 8900

  • Topcon RMA 6500

  • Unicos URK 800

  • Visionix L80


  • Reichert ClearChart 2

  • Reichert ClearChart 3P

  • Reichert AP250

  • L29 Typ 17D

  • M300

  • M&S Smart System 20/20

  • Polastar

EMR Compatibility:

As of December 2016  * denotes bi-directional communication

  • Compulink *

  • Crystal Practice Management

  • EMR Logic/Optimed

  • Epic

  • EyeMD EMR

  • First Insight Maximeyes *

  • IFA Systems *

  • Management Plus

  • MD Intellesys

  • Medflow (Allscripts)

  • Next Gen

  • Nextech

  • Officemate Software Solutions *

  • Revolution EHR

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