Teleretinal imaging has the potential to create widespread change in the world of eye health. With benefits for patients, technicians, and practices alike, this solution works to efficiently diagnose eye conditions and disorders.
Today, we’ll go over how teleretinal imaging capabilities work to increase access, improve quality, and lower costs associated with eye care.
What is retinal imaging?
Retinal imaging is essentially taking pictures of the inside of your eye, specifically targeting the back region. With this high-resolution digital image, licensed eye care providers can then evaluate the health of your retina, including surrounding structures and blood vessels.
Traditionally, these eye exams have been performed by an ophthalmologist using an ophthalmoscope. Teleretinal imaging offers an alternative method for conducting retinal exams, leading to many added opportunities for doctors and patients to ensure diabetic eye care is accessible.
Here are four benefits of retinal imaging that demonstrate its wide-reaching effects.
1. Early Detection Capabilities
The image produced by a fundus camera and uploaded to a teleretinal platform, allows eye care providers to evaluate patients for potential eye disorders and other health conditions.
It is also a critical component in identifying if a patient has diabetic retinopathy—the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults in the United States. Teleretinal imaging solutions can allow providers to detect and diagnose diabetic retinopathy early in the disease progression, a crucial step in ending preventable blindness. Some of the other conditions providers can detect when viewing a retinal image include glaucoma, wet AMD, or dry AMD.
2. Creates an Ocular History
Another benefit of teleretinal imaging is through additional healthcare data collection for patients. By integrating retinal imaging into yearly exams, patients develop a physical record of their eye health year over year.
3. Simplicity for Patients
Teleretinal imaging comes at no extra effort for patients. Teleretinal imaging evaluations are quick and painless, with diagnostic reports often delivered within a single business day.
4. Improving Access and Elevating Practices
Teleretinal imaging technology has the potential to vastly improve eye care accessibility for patients and reduce the cost of care. Many patients ignore the need for annual diabetic retinal exams, but with the ease and technology afforded by teleretinal imaging, these images for evaluation can now be captured in primary care.
A downstream impact of these teleretinal imaging solutions is they allow eye doctors to practice at the top of their license and focus on the treatment of active disease rather than on routine eye exams. Additionally, It also has the potential to improve eye health in underserved areas by expanding eye examination offerings into centers or clinics that would otherwise not offer eye care.
IRIS offers a teleretinal imaging solution that makes it simple for any organization to add the exam into their pre-existing workflow. This leads to better patient care without any subsequent stress or learning curve for companies and their employees.
Learn more about IRIS’s retinal imaging services and our fight to save eyesight, here.
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