Teleophthalmology is a branch of telemedicine that delivers eye care through digital medical equipment and telecommunications technology. Today, applications of teleophthalmology encompass access to eye specialists for patients in remote areas, ophthalmic disease screening, diagnosis and monitoring; as well as distant learning. Teleophthalmology may help reduce disparities by providing remote, low-cost screening tests such as diabetic retinopathy screening to low-income and uninsured patients.

Teleopthamology solutions allow ophthalmologists to examine patients’ eyes, or check-in about treatments from a distance. A common example is an ophthalmologist diagnosing and treating an eye infection. These solutions are usually either live or store-and-forward .

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