The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed how patients — particularly members of at-risk populations like seniors and those with underlying health conditions — access care through their insurance benefits. For many of these patients, in-office eye care services may present a potential health risk.
Fortunately, telemedicine technology has been rapidly advancing to deliver eye consultations, which many insurance companies now cover.
In addition to keeping patients safe, telemedicine applications allow optometrists to streamline services in a way that benefits patient care.
Telemedicine Eye Appointments
Telemedicine eye appointments enable doctors to continue to provide care to their patients in a safe and convenient way. The appointments may entail:
- Emergency consults – If an individual experiences a sudden vision problem or accident, a video consultation with an eye doctor can quickly determine the seriousness of the problem and the best course of action.
- Ongoing appointments for ocular disease – Conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or macular degeneration require regular appointments with the eye doctor. Telemedicine allows the patient to discuss medication compliance, side effects, and any new visual problems.
- Vision therapy or neuro-optometry sessions – If a patient is undertaking a program of vision therapy, an eye doctor can utilize telemedicine to monitor the patient’s results via a computer-based vision training program. The doctor might also be able to use the computer video to observe any home-based exercises and make any suggestions or changes to the treatment.
- Dry-eye updates – If a patient is complaining of redness, itching, burning, tearing, or eyelid conditions, optometry telehealth can help. An eye doctor can use a video to assess the condition of their patient’s eyes and recommend the required eye drops or other treatment options.
Telemedicine appointments allow eye doctors to provide their patients with a level of care and attention they would otherwise miss out on if this technology was not available. Patients can request medication refills or changes, and tell their doctors whether they have experienced side effects or have ocular complaints.
During this challenging time, it’s easy to put our health on the back burner. Fortunately, telemedicine exists to help patients get the care they need from the comfort and safety of their home.
To learn more about our telemedicine consultations or to schedule an appointment, contact Silicon Valley Eye Physicians today!
At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 408-739-6200 or book an appointment online to see one of our Sunnyvale eye doctors.
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