Telemedicine for Glaucoma: Guidelines and Recommendations.

PubMed ID: 32209001

Author(s): Gan K, Liu Y, Stagg B, Rathi S, Pasquale LR, Damji K. Telemedicine for glaucoma: guidelines and recommendations. Telemed J E Health. 2020 Apr;26(4):551-555. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2020.0009. Epub 2020 Mar 25. PMID 32209001

Journal: Telemedicine Journal And E Health : The Official Journal Of The American Telemedicine Association, Volume 26, Issue 4, Apr 2020

Background:Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Access to glaucoma specialists is challenging and likely to become more difficult as the population ages.Introduction:Using telemedicine for glaucoma (teleglaucoma) has the potential to increase access to glaucoma care by improving efficiency and decreasing the need for long-distance travel for patients.Results:Teleglaucoma programs can be used for screening, diagnostic consultation, and long-term treatment monitoring. Key components of teleglaucoma programs include patient history, equipment, intraocular pressure measurement, pachymetry, anterior chamber imaging/gonioscopy, fundus photography, retinal nerve fiber layer imaging, medical record and imaging software, and skilled personnel.Discussion:Teleglaucoma has tremendous potential to improve patient access to high-quality cost-effective glaucoma care.Conclusions:We have reviewed some special considerations needed to address the complexity of providing guideline-concordant glaucoma care.