Discussion topic: automated refraction booths

Bit of a heavy topic for a Thursday evening but none the less an important one. In Hong Kong they have booths on the street which can perform a full refraction routine, including subjective refraction. They're apparently accurate enough to fall within the British standards required for refractive accuracy. Obviously if these landed in the UK (legal provision of sight test issues aside) they would pose a threat to the "quick refraction to produce sale of spectacles practices" more than the clinically high end whom aren't as reliant on spectacle sales.

But would they also threaten the core role of optometry in the UK? Thoughts below!

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