Turning to telehealth to treat your dry eye? Find out what you need to know.
All About Telehealth for Dry Eye
Telehealth allows doctors to care for people virtually over a phone call, text message, or most commonly, video chat.
Although some situations require an in-person visit, telehealth is a great option when you can't get to the doctor's office for your dry eye.
If you're new to telehealth, here's what you need to know.
Medicare will cover telehealth visits just like in-person visits, but state Medicaid programs and private insurers vary, so confirm your coverage in advance.
With telehealth, even though you're not in the doctor's office, your private health information is still covered by HIPAA, so it will remain confidential and secure.
Although your ophthalmologist can't give you a physical exam via telehealth, they can write prescriptions and offer quality care, especially if you prepare in advance.
Before your telehealth appointment:
- List any dry eye symptoms (including dates and severity), like stinging, scratchiness, or other eye discomfort; mucus around the eyes; light sensitivity; watery eyes; blurred vision; or fatigue
- Compile a list of your health conditions and all medications, including pills, eye drops, and ointments
- Tell the doctor if you have had eye surgery
- Note any side effects from your dry eye medications or treatments
- Write down any questions you have for your ophthalmologist
- Charge your computer or phone
- Make sure your internet is reliable
- Download any telehealth apps your specific provider may require
- Find a quiet, private space to conduct the call
- Be prepared with pen and paper or a note-taking app
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