Wondering what is tele-optometry? It is a virtual exam that is run via live video conferencing in place of in-person. However, all of the technology that is utilized allows for the doctor to conduct a comprehensive exam that yields accurate results remotely. Your doctor can still administer a glasses or contact lens prescription or refer you to a specialist for further advanced care. Ultimately, a tele-optometry exam is the same as the traditional in-person eye examination.
Tele-optometry is the latest technological advancement used by optometrists. The services of tele-optometry have been made possible due to the advancement of modern communication devices such as videoconferencing. The remote eye exam consists of a trained optometric technician performing pre-testing exams and collecting vital exam data and uploading this information into the patient chart (just as the doctor would do if they were in office).
In a story from CNN, the reporter Jacqueline Howard found that the exam performed physically and via tele-optometry didn’t have any difference in results and were the same. From the report, it can be concluded that while remote comprehensive eye exams might not be right for every patient, a majority of patients will be able to reap the same benefits from a remote eye exam as they would from an in-person eye exam.
Tele-optometry cannot replace in-office visits. A thorough examination requires that you visit a doctor’s office. It simply isn’t possible to do this kind of comprehensive exam remotely.
Tele-optometry is a great alternative for minor vision problems and cannot be a complete substitute for in-office optometrist visits. A complete examination of your eyes’ health can be performed at a doctor’s office only, as the eye doctor will have all the proper equipment and tools to conduct an eye exam. It is not possible to conduct remote comprehensive eye exams.
With the aid of Tele-optometry, doctors are still able to prescribe accurate glasses and contact lens prescriptions as well as diagnose key ocular diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, Hypertensive Retinopathy, as well as numerous other conditions.
Tele-optometry saw a great boost in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic but it appears that its presence is here to stay. The quick adoption of remote eye exams during the pandemic became necessary for an optometrist to still be able to offer services while still adhering to COVID guidelines.
Tele-optometry is a great branch of medicine, especially for people with limited access to in-person healthcare particularly in remote areas.