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Technologic Advances in Neurologic Practice and Education: The Cell Phone Replaces the Direct Ophthalmoscope

Technologic Advances in Neurologic Practice and Education: The Cell Phone Replaces the Direct Ophthalmoscope
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Author(s): Charles Donohoe (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, USA), Sean M. Gratton (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, USA), Vivek M. Vallurupalli (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, USA) and Steven D. Waldman (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 11
Source title: Optimizing Medical Education With Instructional Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Erdem Demiroz (Trakya University, Turkey) and Steven D. Waldman (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6289-4.ch002

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Abstract

Although the visualization of the ocular fundus yields important clinical information regarding the optic nerve and retinal vasculature, proficiency in using the traditional handheld direct ophthalmoscope by both practicing physicians and medical students continues to deteriorate. A replacement for the direct ophthalmoscope is long overdue. The authors suggest a role for non-mydriatic fundus photography as having potential to resurrect the dying art of visualizing the fundus in both clinical practice and medical education. This chapter reviews the substantial barriers in both patient care as well as graduate and undergraduate medical education created by technical difficulties encountered using the direct ophthalmoscope to visualize the ocular fundus. The authors propose that a smartphone-compatible adaptor to view the ocular fundus will replace the direct ophthalmoscope.

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