New tools are helping ophthalmologists enhance the level of care offered in their practice.
Ophthalmology is poised for seismic shifts sparked by advances in technologically advanced medical devices that are driving changes in patient care and impacting the lives of patients.
The delivery of patient care is moving into the forefront, with the focus shifting increasingly more from office-based services to mobile devices to further enhance delivery of care.
According to Leslie S. Jones, MD, associate professor and chair of ophthalmology, Howard University, Washington, DC, a revolution is ongoing.
“There are thousands of mobile apps with which patients can interface,” she said. “Google Play and Apple have developed many apps to help us care for our patients. These apps have become important elements in contemporary digital mobile use.”
Some apps in particular are outstanding aids for patients. EyeDropAlarm is one such product that provides an easy reminder when drops are due to be instilled. Medisafe Medication Management also provides drop, pill, and medicine reminders; this app also provides for friends and family members to be keyed in as a double check that the medications will be taken at the appropriate time.
GoodRx-Save on Prescriptions provide discount coupons for medications that can shave up to 80% off of the pharmacy bill instantly. This app also can be used to locate the best prices at area pharmacies.
An app called Pocket Pharmacist provides important information about potential drug interactions.