The Phoropter has been around nearly a century and since its inception it hasn’t changed very much. One thing that has changed- in fact that has substantially increased- is the price. With each change of patented and trademarked ownership the price has seemingly increased. And when outside brands wanted to get in on that action they sold trademark licensing to Topcon and Marco which somehow sent the price up again. And thus, now, at the moment I’m writing this review a sales quote for a new Reichert Phoropter rings in at nearly $4,400 USD. At some point you’d think competition would prevail and in would walk a competitor committed to market disruption– alas, presenting the Canton Phoropter. Canton is a Chinese manufacturer owned by a conglomerate trading company in Shanghai that struck a deal with BuzzOptics’ parent company in 2016 to sell its devices within the United States. Like most Chinese produced goods, stigmas of poor quality and workmanship seem to come to mind, however the Canton Phoropter II doesn’t fit with that judgement. We could dive into facts of quality regarding how the Canton uses all-metal parts and uses CNC machinery for optimal operator feedback from precisely measured gears, but you’ve already heard all those things from other manufacturers we probably mentioned above. The best recommendation we could give of the Canton is to say it’s basically exactly like every other Ultramatic Phoropter you or I’ve ever used.
OUR TAKE: The only difference between this and what you’re used to is the price.
Designed to be instantly recognizable, and yet offered at a price that is anything but. The Phoropter II is by far the world’s most durable, and affordable manual refractor. With all metal components, and a butterfly shell of pure aluminum, it’s the refractor that can outwork, and outlast the one currently in your exam lane.
Computer numerical control, cut, precise:
Each component of the II is produced using CNC matching for ultimate precision in assembly and set. This results in a refracting experience with proper operator feedback and feel for all-day comfort. It’s the difference between refraction as a chore, and refraction as an art form.
Efficient sourcing for a modern world:
Every part of the Canton II is sourced more efficiently than the morbidly overpriced refractors of yesterday. It’s a streamlined production cycle that results in a better instrument at a much better price than what you’re used to.
100% Metal Alloy Components:
Unlike most, the Phoropter II is made entirely of aluminum, copper, and other metal alloys with a life expectancy nearly triple of plastic-based refractors. An all-aluminum exterior shell with ultra-durable industrial spray coating means decades of protection.The Phoropter II takes workflow efficiency to levels you’d never expect from a manual refractor. Everything is where it should be, and everything makes sense. Each gear, knob, and dial has an effortless feel of transition, all the while keeping you in control with fluid mechanical feedback. It’s an operation you can feel and a subjective refraction you can be proud of.
Just like other Ultramatic Phoropters, the Canton II offers synchronized JCC axial lenses.
The Phoropter II is sold with two cylinder options which can be selected upon adding the instrument to your cart.
Yes, the Phoropter II comes with all accessories displayed in the accessory tab.