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How to Know if You Need Telehealth for Eye Care

If you've noticed symptoms like itchiness, irritation, or redness in your eye, it might mean there’s an eye infection or condition that needs attention.  

  

It can be challenging to get to the eye doctor's office, especially if you're busy or it's hard to get there. But there's good news – you don't have to go to the clinic to see the eye doctor because of telehealth. With telehealth, you can talk to your eye doctor using video or phone calls. They might be able to figure out what's wrong and help you with certain eye issues without you having to come in.  

 

Continue reading to learn more about telehealth and how to know when to schedule a virtual appointment with your local Grene Vision Group. 

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth lets you talk to a healthcare expert over the Internet using your computer or phone. It's sometimes called telehealth or telecare, and it's essentially a doctor's visit without leaving home.  

  

This way of getting healthcare makes it simpler for you to get help and might mean you don't have to go to the doctor's office as often. It can save you money and give you the chance to talk to a doctor immediately so you can find out what to do next. 

  

Even before the pandemic heightened its importance, telehealth was already a big part of the health care system. Research says that telehealth can improve the patient's experience and can help you figure out if you need to see a specialist in person.  

 

When Should You Use Telehealth?

All you need to take advantage of telehealth is a smartphone or computer and a secure internet connection. You may want to schedule a telehealth appointment for many different reasons, and some people seek virtual eye care for reasons such as: 

  • They have limited access to medical care because of their location. 

  • They want to reduce the number of germs and people they are exposed to. 

  • They lack a method of transportation to the eye exam or have no easily accessible public transportation options available. 

  • A disability or illness that makes it difficult for them to leave home without assistance. 

  • They have a busy schedule, and a virtual eye exam can cut down on commute time. 

What Can Be Treated with Telehealth Eye Care?

It’s important to note that not all eye conditions can be treated in a virtual appointment. Oftentimes, an optometrist must conduct tests or procedures during an in-person exam to identify the problem.   However, telehealth still plays a considerable role in eye care. Your doctor can diagnose and recommend treatment for a variety of eye conditions and emergencies over a telehealth visit. Plus, a virtual consultation can effectively decide if you need to visit your local Grene Vision Group office.   There are several common conditions that can be diagnosed through your telehealth exam:  

Dry Eye

 This condition is often caused by inadequate tear production or as a side effect of a medication. Dry eye makes your eye feel irritated, often giving your eye a burning or stinging sensation. This condition can lead to potentially harmful eye infections if left untreated.  

Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

 This is a red blood spot on the white of your eye. A subconjunctival hemorrhage happens when your eye is strained by sneezing, coughing, or trauma to the eye.  

Blepharitis

This condition occurs on the eyelid, typically at the base of the eyelashes. Those with blepharitis will experience eye irritation and redness. This condition is caused by clogged oil glands, allergies, or eye infections.  

 

Chalazion

A chalazion is an inflamed bump on your eyelid. It’s caused by blocked oil glands and can grow larger over time. 

How to Schedule Your Telehealth Eye Exam with Grene Vision Group

Telehealth provides a convenient alternative to conventional in-person appointments without sacrificing the quality of your eye care. 

  

Setting up an appointment is simple. With just a smartphone or a laptop that has a camera, you can have a face-to-face virtual consultation with your eye care specialist. 

  

To schedule your telehealth appointment with Grene Vision Group, just follow these steps: 

1. Find your nearest Grene Vision Group location. 

2. Call the office and describe your symptoms to our experts. They can help you determine if a telehealth appointment is right for you. 

3. Have your insurance information and calendar ready to book your visit during the phone call. 

  

At the scheduled time, click on the secure link sent via text or email. This will take you to our protected appointment portal to connect you with your eye care provider.  

  

Learn more about our telehealth services and schedule your visit today by finding a Grene Vision Group near you

Webb Road
Webb Road
Ophthalmology Clinic
Derby
Hutchinson East
Maize Road
Hutchinson West
Fredonia
Winfield
El Dorado
Harry and Rock
Augusta
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Ridge Road
Wellington
Yates Center
Andover
Anthony
Seneca