Detection of idiopathic intracranial hypertension, enabled by tele-ophthalmology

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Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, June, 2017

Authors

  • Charles M. Medert, BS, VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Mary G. Lynch, MD, VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • April Y. Maa, MD, VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Introduction

The Technology-based Eye Care Services (TECS), the remote care initiative of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Eye Clinic of the United States is a substantially advanced tele-ophthalmologic care to rural areas, including First Nations’ communities. The program is designed for the screening of common, age-related ocular diseases (e.g., diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma). The immediate availability of tele-ophthalmology enhances the care of patients in remote locations. The case report illustrates how the TECS diagnosed a patient with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) which is a rare disease.

The case adds an additional example to the literature of how comprehensive tele-ophthalmology can improve access, thereby bringing patients to medical attention at an earlier stage of disease. Furthermore, it supports the expansion of comprehensive tele-ophthalmology programs by offering a glimpse into its utility for patients with atypical presentations.

Link to the article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000841821630535X

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