Medical students and others in the U.S. may soon be able to visit an eye doctor for free.
A virtual doctor will be able visit a patient at home, where they can pay for an eye exam.
The technology will be used by health care providers to help patients see a doctor in the comfort of their own home.
The eye doctor will take the patient’s medical history and provide them with a referral to an eye clinic.
The patient will be given a set of prescription glasses and a prescription for a prescription eye drops, the eye doctor’s office will also be equipped with an eye scanner and prescription glasses.
The Eye Care Virtual Doctor will be a partnership between the University of Rochester and Dr. David Schiller, an ophthalmologist at the University Of Rochester Medical Center.
Dr. Schiller has developed the technology, called CERTI, which can be used to help the visually impaired access an eye care provider, a virtual doctor, and prescription eyeglasses.
The virtual eye doctor is similar to a regular doctor, Dr. Chiang said, and is similar in concept to the Eye Care Medical Center that provides a virtual office for patients in the Rochester area.
“CERTI allows the patient to interact with the eye care doctor in a very real way, to actually get a glimpse of a real eye, to feel like they are in the clinic,” Dr. Shiller said.
“There’s no other eye care in the country that does that.”
A doctor will need to have a special vision exam to sign a consent form, Dr in Schiller said, but the patient can also go online and pay the eye test fee.
“You don’t need to travel anywhere to see a real doctor, you can actually see the eye yourself,” Dr in Shiller added.
CERTA is part of a growing trend in health care.
For example, health insurance companies have begun offering more comprehensive coverage for vision care services.
Other technology companies are developing virtual-eye clinics, or VR clinics, to help people who have difficulty seeing.
CETAIL is a joint project between the Rochester Institute of Technology and Rochester Eye Institute.