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Subspecialty adnexal ophthalmological examination using telemedicine

Rayner, S; Beaconsfield, M; Collin, R; Kennedy, C; Murdoch, I; Taylor, P; (2001) Subspecialty adnexal ophthalmological examination using telemedicine. In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. (pp. 29 - 31).

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Abstract

We studied the clinical outcome of examination of a group of patients with adnexal (eyelid and orbit) conditions. Seventeen patients with adnexal problems were assessed by an ophthalmologist at a distance using telemedicine, and then subsequently by an ophthalmologist in a face-to-face consultation. Measurements such as palpebral aperture, levator muscle function and eyelid skin crease position were recorded. The clinical outcomes from both consultations were recorded independently by the consultants and then compared. The study showed that certain adnexal conditions, such as congenital and involutional ptosis, could be accurately assessed using telemedicine, but that other conditions, such as socket problems in patients who had a previous enucleation or those with non-specific ocular pain with less clear-cut features, were better assessed in a face-to-face consultation. Overall, teleconsultations appeared to be suitable for the assessment of uncomplicated ptosis but not for less well defined conditions. Other factors, such as family dynamics and language problems, also limited the usefulness of the technique.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Subspecialty adnexal ophthalmological examination using telemedicine
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > CHIME

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