Retinal Telemedicine

Ru ik Chee, Dana Darwish, Álvaro Fernández-Vega, Samir N. Patel, Karyn Jonas, Susan Ostmo, J. Peter Campbell, Michael F. Chiang, R. V.Paul Chan

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Purpose of Review: This study aims for an update and overview of the literature on current telemedicine applications in retina. Recent Findings: The application of telemedicine to the field of Ophthalmology and Retina has been growing with advancing technologies in ophthalmic imaging. Retinal telemedicine has been most commonly applied to diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity in adult and pediatric patients, respectively. Telemedicine has the potential to alleviate the growing demand for clinical evaluation of retinal diseases. Subsequently, automated image analysis and deep learning systems may facilitate efficient processing of large, increasing numbers of images generated in telemedicine systems. Telemedicine may additionally improve access to education and standardized training through tele-education systems. Summary: Telemedicine has the potential to be utilized as a useful adjunct but not a complete replacement for physical clinical examinations. Retinal telemedicine programs should be carefully and appropriately integrated into current clinical systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-45
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Ophthalmology Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Deep learning
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Image analysis
  • Retina
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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