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AAPOS Adult Strabismus Committee's Report on the Status of Adult Strabismus Telemedicine


AAPOS Adult Strabismus Committee's Report on the Status of Adult Strabismus Telemedicine

J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2023 Feb 21:1-4. doi: 10.3928/01913913-20221219-02. Online ahead of print.


PURPOSE: To evaluate the utility of telemedicine in the treatment of adult patients with strabismus.

METHODS: A 27-question online survey was sent to ophthalmologists of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) Adult Strabismus Committee. The questionnaire focused on the frequency of telemedicine utilization, the benefits in the diagnosis, follow-up, and treatment of adult strabismus, and barriers of current forms of remote patient visits.

RESULTS: The survey was completed by 16 of 19 members of the committee. Most respondents (93.8%) reported 0 to 2 years of experience with telemedicine. Telemedicine was found to be useful for initial screening and follow-up of established patients with adult strabismus, mainly to reduce wait time for a subspecialist visit (46.7%). A successful telemedicine visit could be completed with a basic laptop (73.3%) or a camera (26.7%) or could be assisted by an orthoptist. Most participants agreed that common forms of adult strabismus (cranial nerve palsies, sagging eye syndrome, myogenic strabismus, and thyroid ophthalmopathy) could be examined via webcam. It was easier to analyze horizontal than vertical strabismus. Among the paralytic forms, sixth nerve palsy was the easiest one to assess. Latent forms of strabismus can be partially diagnosed and evaluated using telemedicine, but half of the respondents underlined the importance of in-person examinations in these cases. Sixty-nine percent believed that telemedicine could be a low-cost and time-efficient health service solution.

CONCLUSIONS: Most members of the AAPOS Adult Strabismus Committee consider telemedicine to be a useful supplement to the current adult strabismus practice. [J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 20XX;X(X):XX-XX.].

PMID:36803245 | DOI:10.3928/01913913-20221219-02

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