Video-based telemedicine in emergency ophthalmology during COVID-19

Takeaway

  • Remote triaging using video consultation of patients with emergency eye conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic is a safe adjunct to traditional face-to-face emergency care provision.

Why this matters ?

  • Traditionally, ophthalmic examination requires close interactions with a patient. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is one of the primary measures at reducing the risk of transmission.

  • Non-sight-threatening pathologies can be managed by telemedicine to avoid hospital attendance.

  • Before mass implementation of remote ophthalmic video consultation clinical practice, the safety profile should be compared with face-to-face triage.