|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 1492
Smartphone assisted slit lamp evaluation during the COVID-19 pandemic
Sourav Damodaran, Naresh Babu, Dhipak Arthur
Department of Vitreoretina Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Web Publication||25-Jun-2020|
Dr. Sourav Damodaran
Admin Office, Aravind Eye Hospital, Anna Nagar, Maduari - 625 020, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Damodaran S, Babu N, Arthur D. Smartphone assisted slit lamp evaluation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:1492
|How to cite this URL:|
Damodaran S, Babu N, Arthur D. Smartphone assisted slit lamp evaluation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 13];68:1492. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2020/68/7/1492/287506
Novel corona virus pandemic has become a major health issue faced by us in 2020. There has been a substantial reduction in outpatient visits and elective surgeries in the field of ophthalmology. Multiple safe practice protocols have been developed by various organizations. We describe a slit lamp modification that enhances safety during patient evaluation [Figure 1].
|Figure 1: (a) Normal Slit lamp evaluation-HCW in close proximity to patient. (b)Smartphone attached to slit lamp. (c)Smartphone and Viewing screen connected to same local network. (d)Smart slitlamp allowing evaluation of patient from a distance more than conventional method|
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Slit lamp evaluation is one of the most inevitable examinations in ophthalmology, but the distance between the patient and the examiner is lesser than 1 meter (6 feet). Smartphone-assisted slit lamp photography, using adaptors, has gained popularity in recent times. The smartphone is connected to the slitlamp using an adaptor. An android/ios application that converts a smartphone to a IP camera (It can acquire images and transfer in local network) is downloaded from playstore/appstore. Now the viewing screen (laptop or desktop) and smartphone are connected to the same WLAN). The application is launched; auto-generated IP address is copied to the browser in the viewing screen. The examiner just needs to operate the joystick of the slitlamp and can view live images on the screen. This modification allows the examiner to be more than 1 meter from the patient, thus avoiding possible aerosol mediated infection.
This simple modification can help us continue our routine OPD, simultaneously taking care of the aspect maintaining safe distance with the patient.
Financial support and sponsorship
Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
I thank Dr Piyush Kohli for his assistance
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