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Smartphone use in ophthalmology: what is their place in clinical practice?

Abstract

Smartphones are an increasingly common and rapidly developing tool in clinical practice. Numerous applications or 'apps' are available for use on smartphones that aim to help clinicians perform a variety of tasks at the point of care. A large number of ophthalmology-related medical apps that can perform a variety of clinically relevant functions are now available in virtual stores such as the Google Play™ Store or the Apple App Store®. On the ophthalmic front, these include measures of visual acuity, tools to assist in the assessment and treatment of conditions such as amblyopia and glaucoma, as well as add-on devices that allow visualization and photography of the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Despite the large number of available programs, the evidence supporting their use is unclear, with issues concerning professional input in development, regulation, validation and security of information. We present the various uses of smartphones in ophthalmology and summarize the current literature.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Centre for Eye Research Australia, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, University of Melbourne, East Melbourne, Australia 3002; Menzies Institute for Medical Research, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Australia. Electronic address: daniel.hogarty93@gmail.com.Centre for Eye Research Australia, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, University of Melbourne, East Melbourne, Australia 3002.Centre for Eye Research Australia, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, University of Melbourne, East Melbourne, Australia 3002; Menzies Institute for Medical Research, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31541618

Citation

Hogarty, Daniel T., et al. "Smartphone Use in Ophthalmology: what Is Their Place in Clinical Practice?" Survey of Ophthalmology, 2019.
Hogarty DT, Hogarty JP, Hewitt AW. Smartphone use in ophthalmology: what is their place in clinical practice? Surv Ophthalmol. 2019.
Hogarty, D. T., Hogarty, J. P., & Hewitt, A. W. (2019). Smartphone use in ophthalmology: what is their place in clinical practice? Survey of Ophthalmology, doi:10.1016/j.survophthal.2019.09.001.
Hogarty DT, Hogarty JP, Hewitt AW. Smartphone Use in Ophthalmology: what Is Their Place in Clinical Practice. Surv Ophthalmol. 2019 Sep 18; PubMed PMID: 31541618.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Smartphone use in ophthalmology: what is their place in clinical practice? AU - Hogarty,Daniel T, AU - Hogarty,Joseph P, AU - Hewitt,Alex W, Y1 - 2019/09/18/ PY - 2019/06/07/received PY - 2019/08/29/revised PY - 2019/09/09/accepted PY - 2019/9/22/entrez PY - 2019/9/22/pubmed PY - 2019/9/22/medline KW - amblyopia KW - application KW - diabetic retinopathy KW - direct ophthalmoscopy KW - fundoscopy KW - glaucoma KW - ophthalmology KW - smartphone KW - visual acuity KW - visual fields JF - Survey of ophthalmology JO - Surv Ophthalmol N2 - Smartphones are an increasingly common and rapidly developing tool in clinical practice. Numerous applications or 'apps' are available for use on smartphones that aim to help clinicians perform a variety of tasks at the point of care. A large number of ophthalmology-related medical apps that can perform a variety of clinically relevant functions are now available in virtual stores such as the Google Play™ Store or the Apple App Store®. On the ophthalmic front, these include measures of visual acuity, tools to assist in the assessment and treatment of conditions such as amblyopia and glaucoma, as well as add-on devices that allow visualization and photography of the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Despite the large number of available programs, the evidence supporting their use is unclear, with issues concerning professional input in development, regulation, validation and security of information. We present the various uses of smartphones in ophthalmology and summarize the current literature. SN - 1879-3304 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31541618/Smartphone_use_in_ophthalmology:_what_is_their_place_in_clinical_practice L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0039-6257(19)30254-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -