As ophthalmologists take steps to relaunch ophthalmology care, a range of options that can allow physicians to offer telemedicine options continue to emerge.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a practice guidance urging ophthalmologists to cease providing “any treatment other than urgent or emergent care.” The group late last month began taking steps to consider the process of reopening ophthalmology care.
However, in the months since social distancing and stay-at-home orders became the norm, many ophthalmologists have conducted visits with patients through telemedicine—providing ophthalmic care using the internet and telecommunications technology. People who never wanted to try telemedicine before are suddenly getting a crash course in how it works.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine in eye care was more of a concept than a fully developed reality. In the midst of the pandemic, telemedicine is no longer a futuristic concept. Calling patients at home, with or without video, has become the new normal for an increasing number of ophthalmologists.