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.