Telemedicine Eye Screenings Help Detect Glaucoma

Source: Reuters

A low-cost program using technicians to conduct telemedicine eye screenings can help detect glaucoma in underserved populations, according to new research, as reported by Reuters.

The study targeted high-risk individuals in poorer areas of Philadelphia for two primary reasons, Dr. Jonathan Myers of Wills Eye Hospital, in Philadelphia, told Reuters Health by email.

“First, because these individuals have less access to eye care providers, they are more likely to have not had an eye exam,” he explained. “Second, by screening high-risk individuals, we are more likely to detect glaucoma and other vision threatening diseases and thus make more of an impact given the time and resources we have,” he added.

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