Today, we have more options than ever to care for our eyes. When is it sufficient to choose telehealth over in-person eye care?
The pandemic has accelerated the use of telemedicine, which has increased by as much as 700 percent, according to some estimates. This trend has been fueled by greater patient acceptance of the efficacy of video visits, the relaxing of regulatory restrictions on its use, increased payments to health care providers for remote visits and the ongoing need for social distancing. And it can allow people with mobility or health issues to safely get the care they need. But in many cases, such as emergencies or to diagnose serious eye conditions — or even something as seemingly simple as renewing your eyeglass prescription — telemedicine is no substitute for in-person exams.
Talk to your local Doctor of Optometry to decide if telehealth is right for you. However, never skip your in-person comprehensive eye exam and keep your vision healthy for years to come.
Caring for your eye health starts at birth and lasts a lifetime. It’s more important than ever to ensure you and your family are taking proper steps to protection your eye health and vision.