Somehow the folks at Reichert passed on the opportunity to call the LensChek AL-200, the “Adirondack Lensometer” instead. Unlike most computerized lensometers that sit vertical and block the view of your neutralization path, the AL-200 sits relaxed as if sprawled out on a beach day. It seems strange at first- almost too unprofessional or unrefined to measure a lens, but once you give it a try you begin to wonder why any lensometer is shaped otherwise. There’s something that appears easier about having the frame table directly in-front of your viewing path to the display– neutralizing targets is easier, and it’s less strain on your eyes to go back-and-forth/up-and-down. There are some drawbacks to this relaxed cool-guy design however. The lens table tray knob adjustment is quite bulky, and sometimes seems to get stiff without proper maintenance; yanking on this too hard might break the plastic handle. The LCD display could also be a bit brighter and has a slight tinge of blue to it at certain angles that we could do without.
OUR TAKE: A “laid-back” design that “makes sense” once you start using it
The AL200 is the only auto lensmeter that utilizes a horizontal design, similar to the manual lensmeters that many users are accustomed to and prefer.
The AL200 is so easy to use that even inexperienced operators can obtain accurate lens measurements in seconds. The easy to read, high contrast LCD screen and icon-based operating system ensure fast and simple operation. In auto mode, users can make a complete set of eyeglass measurements with the push of a single button.
The AL200 is designed to eliminate the subjective nature of manual lensometer readings, reducing operator error and providing repeatable, objective measurements every time.
The AL200 can easily and accurately measure all lenses including single vision, multi-focal and even the most difficult to read progressive addition lenses and lenses with prism.
Lens targets neutralize in the same manner that vertical computerized lensometers do. The only procedural difference will be a change in neutralization angle with the lens/table tray.
The Reichert AL-200 does come with RS-232C output which does have the ability to integrate and network with EHR systems. We do however recommend contacting your EHR company prior to confirm proper gateways.
The Reichert AL-200 from BuzzOptics does not come with an internal thermal printer as standard.