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    Webinar Recap: Transitioning Pediatric Vision Care to Telemedicine

    Missed last week’s webinar? Don’t sweat it. Watch the recording where a few of the nation’s leading pediatric ophthalmologists came together to help pediatricians transition vision-related care to telemedicine during and beyond the pandemic.

    On May 7th, 2020, Drs. Deborah Alcorn, Stanford Children’s; Kim Cooper, Cooper Family Eye Care; Pamela Gallin, New York-Presbyterian; and David Silbert, Conestoga Eye discussed vision assessment and triage best practices for pediatric care teams. This informative webinar covered:

    1. Vision assessment and ocular issues related to COVID-19
    2. AAO and AAPOS suggestions for vision-related primary care
    3. Ophthalmology advise for vision assessment via telemedicine
    4. How to triage vision-related problems during a telemedicine visit

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    Questions from the Audience:
    Q:Is it possible to make a visual evaluation of refraction via telehealth?
    AYes, visual acuity can be assessed with the help of an in-home test administered using the GoCheck Acuity app. Learn more about GoCheck Acuity here.

    Q: Can you discuss the difference between a stye and a chalazion?
    A: A chalazion is a cyst of the meibomian glands and is not infectious, but the eye is typically red. A stye is an infection of the follicles of the cilia. It’s often difficult to tell the difference between the two. Typically chalazions do not receive an oral antibiotic that has anti-inflammatory benefits. Styes do get treated with other antibiotics as well.

    Q: Can you cover corneal abrasion treatment?
    A: There are some different options. With young kids, drops work great; for older kids, an ointment is a great option. You have to be careful about patching unless you follow up with the patient the next day.

    Q: Should a blocked tear duct be resolved by 12 months of age, and if not, should it be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist?
    A: Most children with blocked tear ducts resolve spontaneously between 10 and 12 months of age. However, if there is discharge, the child should be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist earlier. If the child continues to have blocked tear ducts after 12 months of age, you should consider referring them to an ophthalmologist.

    Many thanks to our presenters and attendees. Please check back in the future for upcoming webinar sessions and drop us a note here with your topics ideas.

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