Photo of Dr. Robert Gerowitz, optometrist and orthokeratology specialist based in the Chicago area.

Dr. Robert Gerowitz is an internationally recognized Optometrist and Orthokeratology specialist based out of Paladine, Illinois, and a long time customer of Coburn. Since 2000, he has been successfully managing progressive myopia in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs.

In 1994, Dr. Gerowitz was named “Best and Brightest” in Optometry by 20/20 Magazine and in 1997 Eyegrad named him “Optometrist of the Year“. Dr. Gerowitz participated in the first ever Global Orthokeratology Symposium in Toronto. As a result of those seminars he has often been invited to speak at other meetings to fellow Orthokeratologists.

Dr. Gerowitz is also a charter member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control, a Fellow in the Academy, and has served on its Board of Directors. He helped establish the group of Orthokeratologists which became the FDA’s S.M.A.R.T. Study investigators.

Why I Bought the Huvitz HRK-9000A Autorefractor/Keratometer

by Robert Gerowitz, OD, FIAO

In today’s Optometric practices, accurate pre-testing can make the difference between a smooth running schedule and one in which everything is up for grabs. Devices that technical staff can easily operate on every patient add into this formula as well. Lastly, instruments that produce data that is repeatable year after year is vital for the doctor’s assessment of patient status.

All these reasons and more are why I purchased the Huvitz HRK-9000A Autorefractor/Keratometer. With an Auto-Refraction feature that rivals retinoscopy, I am able to have a better starting point in which to begin my subjective refraction. Patient lens testing goes easier and faster, thus reducing the inherent frustration some people may feel.

Screenshot of the HRK-9000A Auto Ref-Keratometer screen showing the contact lens fitting guide.

Contact lens fitting guide

In our practice, many patients opt for contact lenses. Often these are specialty designs which require dead-on K readings. The HRK-9000A not only provides repeatable Ks but also pupil and HVID measurements. For the new fitter, the Contact Lens Fitting Assistance Guide will be an invaluable resource. Best of all, the 9000A also does Peripheral K measurements that have been useful in Scleral lens design.

Screenshot of the HRK-9000A Auto Ref-Keratometer screen showing the meibography fucnction.

Meibography, meibomian glands

That’s a lot in such a small footprint, but I would be remiss not to mention this instrument’s most impressive new features: Meibography and Tear Break-Up Time measurement! Now in the same room that my patient pre-testing occurs, we can add in two key elements for Dry Eye assessment. By demonstrating to the patient how their meibomian glands look compared to normal photos, we are able to help them understand the root cause of their dry eye symptoms and initiate treatment faster.

Screenshot of the HRK-9000A Auto Ref-Keratometer screen showing the subjective VA test in glare mode.

Subjective VA Test – Glare Mode

I could go on and on discussing the HRK-9000A’s other features, like Contrast Sensitivity and Glare testing, Wavefront analysis, Auto Tracking of the patient’s eyes, and the Subjective VA test. These are all wrapped up in an intuitive device with a 7” color LCD display and wireless communication to my Huvitz Auto-Lensmeter and Digital Refractor. Why not take a test drive yourself and experience what a cutting edge practice needs!

Learn more about Dr. Gerowitz on his website, He owns Dr. Rob’s Eyesright Optometry and Eyesright Kids in Palatine, Illinois.

For details and pricing on the HRK-9000A Autorefractor/Keratometer, contact us or call 1-800-COBURN1.