A US study supports the use of telemedicine for the diagnosis of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).
In a study of 281 babies from seven medical centres at risk of the condition, researchers found that making a diagnosis on the basis of a wide-angle telemedicine image was as accurate as an in-person eye examination.
“This study demonstrates that binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy and telemedicine using remote review of dilated ophthalmoscopic imaging possess similar sensitivity for detecting type 2 or worse ROP,” the authors explained.
Researchers note that while there was no difference between the two methods in detecting clinically significant ROP, in-person eye examinations were found to be slightly better at diagnosing later stages of the condition.
The study is published in JAMA Ophthalmology.