Real-time telemedicine in the clinical assessment of the ocular surface

Shigeto Shimmura, Naoshi Shinozaki, Kazumi Fukagawa, Jun Shimazaki, Kazuo Tsubota

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To report the feasibility of real-time video and audio transmission of slit-lamp images of the eye using conventional telephone systems. METHOD: We analyzed the feasibility and benefits of telemedicine in the diagnosis and follow-up of ocular surface disorders in referral patients using a real-time audio-video system that functions through integrated services digital network lines at a transmission speed of 384 kilobytes per second. RESULTS: Real-time slit-lamp images obtained through integrated services digital network lines offered satisfactory visual resolution of the ocular surface for the diagnosis and follow-up of ocular surface and corneal disease, while simultaneous audio transmission allowed for direct communication with the patient and attending physician when necessary. CONCLUSION: Telemedicine using conventional telecommunication infrastructures offers sufficient information for the diagnosis and follow-up of ocular surface disorders in referral patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-390
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume125
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Mar
Externally publishedYes

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Telemedicine
Referral and Consultation
Corneal Diseases
Telecommunications
Eye Diseases
Telephone
Communication
Physicians
Slit Lamp

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Real-time telemedicine in the clinical assessment of the ocular surface. / Shimmura, Shigeto; Shinozaki, Naoshi; Fukagawa, Kazumi; Shimazaki, Jun; Tsubota, Kazuo.

In: American Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 125, No. 3, 03.1998, p. 388-390.

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Shimmura, Shigeto ; Shinozaki, Naoshi ; Fukagawa, Kazumi ; Shimazaki, Jun ; Tsubota, Kazuo. / Real-time telemedicine in the clinical assessment of the ocular surface. In: American Journal of Ophthalmology. 1998 ; Vol. 125, No. 3. pp. 388-390.
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