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What Is a Telehealth Eye Exam?

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As technology improves more and more every day, so too do our methods of accessing healthcare. There’s a new convenient way to get an eye exam: a telehealth eye exam. Through the use of video technology like the Topcon RDx, you’re now able to communicate with an eye care professional virtually and receive an eye exam with ease!

These are an excellent alternative to regular comprehensive eye exams, especially with the long-term effects of Covid-19 and how much it has impacted our day-to-day lives. Through the use of technology like video conferencing and remote monitoring tools, you can get many of the benefits of an eye exam in a convenient, relaxed way, all while maintaining your safety and health.

How Do Telehealth Eye Exams Work?

Telehealth eye exams are performed through the use of technology that allows an eye care professional to remotely assess your eye health. These exams involve the use of remote monitoring tools that allow the optometrist to track how your eyes operate and how healthy they are over a small period of time. Typically, these exams involve a video consultation with the optometrist. They may ask you questions like the following:

  • Have you noticed any changes in your vision?
  • Do you have any discomfort, pain, or any developing symptoms in your eyes?
  • Do you already have eyeglasses or contact lenses? 
  • Are you experiencing any blurry vision or light sensitivity?
  • Do you have any medical conditions? 
  • Are you taking any medication?
  • Do you have a family history of eye conditions?

By asking these questions, the optometrist can gain a better understanding of your overall eye health. 

Here at Optical Illusions, we utilize technology like the Topcon RDx—a machine that allows an optometrist to remotely examine your eyes and monitor any changes while making sure that you can physically be apart. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, this advancement in technology is an incredible way to make sure you can still take care of your vision without exposing yourself to others

They may also perform a series of tests to gauge how your eyes are currently working. By testing your visual acuity and ability to see color, they can determine what kind of visual correction may be beneficial for you. 

Young millennial couple putting more into their piggy bank because of the affordability of Telehealth eye exams.

What Are the Benefits of a Telehealth Eye Exam?

Telehealth eye exams offer a wide range of benefits over traditional in-person eye exams, with the most important benefit being how convenient they are. In the wake of lockdowns and social distancing, they’re now an incredible way to stay safe while still receiving a high level of care for your eyes.

By ensuring you can still be safe and healthy without exposing yourself to another person, telehealth eye exams are convenient while prioritizing your health and safety. This gives you the opportunity to continue receiving a high level of optical care without the risk of passing anything between yourself and an optometrist.

This safe and comfortable environment takes a great deal of stress away from eye exams while making sure you still receive a personal touch! Telehealth eye exams are often significantly easier to schedule, as the optometrist won’t have to multitask and spend time switching between rooms, machines, computers, or looking for forms—instead, they’re already at their station ready to help!

A telehealth eye exam means that you’re receiving a high level of care from an experienced professional using an extremely advanced form of technology!

How To Prepare for a Telehealth Eye Exam

Preparing for a telehealth eye exam is very similar to preparing for a regular comprehensive eye exam. It’s important to note any visual changes that may be developing and mention them to the optometrist—this means they can help devise a strategy for testing your vision. If you’re worried about the technology and how it works, you can always contact your optometrist and ask what they’ll be using.

It helps to bring a list of any medications you may be taking and to bring your existing glasses or contacts. If it makes you more comfortable, you can always write down any questions you have leading up to the appointment so you can get any answers you may need!

Should I Schedule a Telehealth Eye Exam?

Telehealth eye exams are a safe, convenient, and affordable alternative to standard comprehensive eye exams. Through the use of modern technology, you can reap all the benefits of an eye exam without exposing yourself to others. The convenience of being able to sit down at a specialized machine and speak with a professional optometrist can make a big difference to your day!

However, if you prefer an in-person experienced touch, you can always book an appointment with us here at Optical Illusions today!

Written by Dr. Will To

Dr. William To has multiple years of healthcare experience providing design-based ocular care, with an optometric emphasis in Pediatrics, Dry Eye Therapy, and Ocular Surface Disease.

He graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Human Biology and a minor in Psychology and earned his Doctorate in Optometry from Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Will is regularly invited to several Optometric Conferences and Colleges of Optometry each year to lecture to his colleagues and students, having given over 100 lectures and written several published editorials.

When he’s not caring for his amazing patients, Dr. Will enjoys traveling every chance he gets. As a Bay Area native, he has taken on leadership roles both in the local community and beyond, serving as the President of the Santa Clara County Optometric Society and on several California Optometric Association and American Optometric Association committees. He is actively involved with a variety of community outreach and social programs.

Dr. Will is an avid Golden State Warriors and 49ers fan.

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