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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1328-1338

Tele-ophthalmology: Need of the hour

1 Chairperson and Chief Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology, Tirupati Eye Centre, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon, Department of Ophthalmology, Tirupati Eye Centre, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 CEO, Helyxon, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Medical Superintendent, Manas Hospital, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, India
6 Dr. RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences, New Delhi, India
7 Chairman and Medical Director, Centre for Sight Group of Eye Hospitals, President, All India Ophthalmological Society, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohita Sharma
Tirupati Eye Centre, C-53 C, Sector-33, Noida - 201 301, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1784_20

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Telemedicine and tele-ophthalmology have been in existence since many years, but have recently gained more importance in the present scenario of pandemic COVID-19. The attitude and perception of the doctors and patients has been changing gradually. Telemedicine has many advantages including providing care in inaccesible areas.In the present scenario, tele-ophthalmology gives an oppurtunity to patient for seeking consultation while also protecting against the contagion. There are many barriers faced by the patients and doctors that have restricted use of this technology in the past. However, with a systematic approach to designing the best suited technology, these barriers can be overcome and user friendly platforms can be created. Furthermore, the demand and use of teleconsulation had increased presently in this area of pandemic. Recent survey conducted by the All India Ophthalmological Society also reveals that many ophthalmologists who have not used tele-ophthalmology in the past are more keen to use it presently. In this article, we have reviewed telemedicine and tele-ophthalmology literature on Google and PubMed to get a holistic idea towards teleconsultation, its advantages, increased importance and prefrence during COVID-19 pandemic and various barriers faced so that the known challenges can be understood, which can pave way for better understanding and future incorporation into practice.

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