Essilor Instruments launched internationally a brand-new type of refractor at the recent Mido show in Italy. The equipment, called Vision-R 800, does not work with the usual lens change system but with a patented optical module that allows for continuous and instantaneous changes of sphere, cylinder and axis. The system, which comes with Smart Tests, a dedicated software to assist the practitioner in the eyesight check, enables for prescriptions to be made in 0.05D steps, and a faster procedure according to Essilor. The Vision-R 800, which is already available in Germany, will be officially presented in France at the congress of the national association of ophtalmologists (Société Française d'Ophtalmologie) in May, and rolled-out globally in the next months.