Remote eye care? What’s that?
Remote eye care is basically doing an appointment online with your eye doctor. Health care institutions have made it possible for remote screening online in multiple locations in the US. All you have to do is call them and set up a virtual eye appointment. It makes it easy for those who can’t really travel for various reasons so they decide to call and set up an appointment to meet the eye doctor online.
Well it can’t be that easy
Well it is. It’s that simple. What they do is set up an appointment with you. All you need is a good internet connection so there doesn’t have to be any lagging effect during your conversation. That way the appointment won’t take up to an hour or even longer. That could be a pain.
This is a new way to have a quick and comprehensive exam over a video link which they will send to you via email. These licensed professionals perform a complete analysis of your eyes using what is called, “Optomap® ultra-widefield retinal imaging”.
It’s really that easy?
Not everybody is good when it comes to technology nowadays. However, telemedicine is made to be nice and easy especially for those who aren’t really up to par with technology. If you’re still iffy about it, you could always try the old-fashioned way by calling in and asking for a walk in appointment.
What is Optomap® ultra-widefield retinal imaging?
Optomap imaging is a feature that is painless, quick, and comfortable. Guess what? Nothing touches your eyeballs either. Sounds nice doesn’t it? You basically look into a device (one eye at a time) you will see a flash of light allowing you to know a photo of your retina has been taken. Your practitioner may tell you rather or not if your pupils need dilated during the screening. It depends on the health of your eyes.
Taking the photo doesn’t take long. It usually takes less than a second and the image becomes available as soon as the photo is taken. Yup! your own retina image could be saved to your computer if that’s the thing you like to do. You are able to see what your practitioner will see. They even have 3D animation features. Meet the eye doctor today.
Is it safe to do? It sounds sketchy
It is safe and doesn’t hurt at all. As a matter of fact, your children could even use this feature. This actually makes it easier for the doctor to detect eye problems. These images could be saved for later use to make comparisons to determine rather if your eye is getting worse or not.
Using this feature can also help your doctor detect diseases like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and stroke. Yup! All of that can also be seen in the retina. Sounds great doesn’t it? Early signs of these conditions can show long before you notice changes to your vision. The earlier you get your retina checked, the better. This recommendation also applies to your children.
Your eyes are one of the most beautiful organs to keep healthy. Annual check ups are recommended. You may never know when your eye function is deteriorating unless you go to an eyecare clinic and get your eyes checked. So, whether you go schedule a personal or virtual appointment with your eye doctor, it is a must to get your eyes checked. I know I’d want to see my child’s and/or grandchildren’s graduation and to be able to see their smiles while they’re in their graduation robes.