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Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 142-149

Teleglaucoma: Improving access and efficiency for glaucoma care

1 Division of Ophthalmology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2 Australian E-Health Research Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3 Division of Ophthalmology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
4 Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
5 Department of Ophthalmology, University of Alberta, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Karim F Damji
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Alberta, 2319 - 10240 Kingsway Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, T5H3V9
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Source of Support: Pfizer Canada Inc. provided a startup grant for the teleglaucoma program at University of Alberta. No funding was received for the writing of this paper., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.110619

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Teleglaucoma is the application of telemedicine for glaucoma. We review and present the current literature on teleglaucoma; present our experience with teleglaucoma programs in Alberta, Canada and Western Australia; and discuss the challenges and opportunities in this emerging field. Teleglaucoma is a novel area that was first explored a little over a decade ago and early studies highlighted the technical challenges of delivering glaucoma care remotely. Advanced technologies have since emerged that show great promise in providing access to underserviced populations. Additionally, these technologies can improve the efficiency of healthcare systems burdened with an increasing number of patients with glaucoma, and a limited supply of ophthalmologists. Additional benefits of teleglaucoma systems include e-learning and e-research. Further work is needed to fully validate and study the cost and comparative effectiveness of this approach relative to traditional models of healthcare.

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