Phoropter Fingers

hopeful04

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if any practicing ODs or students are having fingertip pain from using the phoropter. I have been in practice for over a year and this just started. It has been driving me crazy for the last 4 months and I was just wondering if anyone else had these symptoms.
     
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    Jason K

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    1. Optometrist
      Hi,

      I was wondering if any practicing ODs or students are having fingertip pain from using the phoropter. I have been in practice for over a year and this just started. It has been driving me crazy for the last 4 months and I was just wondering if anyone else had these symptoms.

      How many refractions do you do per day? Do you use the pads of your fingers or the tips?
       

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        I see about 20 patients/day. I tend to use both pads and tips, but I tried to pay attention today and was using tips often. Thank you for responding.

        I think you should try avoiding the fingertips completely. If you use the pads of your fingers, you're spreading the pressure out over a larger surface area. If you use the tips of your fingers, there is going to be a much higher force/area exerted on the tissue.

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