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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1316-1327

Tele-consultations in the wake of COVID-19 – Suggested guidelines for clinical ophthalmology

Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute, 121/C, Chord Road, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Chaitra Jayadev
Vitreo-Retina Consultant, Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute, 121/C, Chord Road, Rajajinagar, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560 010
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1509_20

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While telemedicine has been around for a few decades, it has taken great importance and prominence in recent times. With the fear of the virus being transmitted, patients and physicians across specialties are using consultation via a telephone call or video from the safety of their homes. Though tele-ophthalmology has been popular for screening, there are no clear guidelines on how to comprehensively manage patients seeking advice and treatment for a particular eye condition. Some major barriers to diagnosis and management are compromised detailed examination, no measurement of the visual acuity or intraocular pressure and a retinal evaluation not being feasible. Despite these limitations, we do need to help those patients who need immediate care or attention. Hence, this article has put together some guidelines to follow during such consultations. They are important and timely due to the medicolegal and financial implications.

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