ROP in the Digital Era
Indirect ophthalmoscopy is the gold standard for ROP diagnosis, but it comes with multiple challenges: logistical difficulties, legal liability, reproducibility problems, and a skills gap. Is telemedicine the answer?
Michael F. Chiang |
At a Glance
- Worldwide, ROP continues to be a leading cause of childhood blindness, and the traditional standard of care is indirect ophthalmoscopy performed at the bedside
- There are multiple challenges with the current care paradigm for ROP, including time-intensity of the exam, logistical challenges, and high medicolegal liability
- As such, the numbers of skilled ophthalmologists willing to perform ROP examinations are declining, and access to ROP care can be limited
- Telemedicine may improve standards of ROP care, but there are still barriers to overcome
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