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A new study completed at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center has determined that telemedicine may be useful in the prevention of diabetic retinopathy. The study examined nearly 100 older adults living with diabetes. Although 3% of participants did not initially know what telemedicine was, once the concept was fully explained, about 69% of all participants stated that it could be even more useful that in-person examinations.
Not everyone had the same thoughts about telemedicine. Diabetic patients with long-standing relationships with an optometrist tended to be less interested in telemedicine. However, patients with medical conditions that made it difficult to travel were quite interested in how telemedicine could help to keep their eyes healthy.
These findings were published in Telemedicine and e-Health on June 23, 2016.