OPSM is offering tele-optometry and video consultations, free of charge, during the current COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, OPSM is keeping key stores open for patients requiring urgent or critical care.
“OPSM wants to ensure that Australians continue to have access to eye care services in the current health crisis. Our tele-optometry services will help in two main scenarios. The first is where the patient may have an eye health concern. The second is where the patient may have an urgent need to replace their lost or broken glasses” said Peter Murphy, OPSM Director of Eyecare and Community, Australia & New Zealand.
“A tele-optometry consultation is just like a short consultation at an OPSM store. Using the latest video-conferencing technology, an optometrist will ask patients a series of simple questions so they can evaluate the eyesight and patients will be able to ask questions themselves. If the patient has been to see us previously, the optometrist will have access to case histories and electronic record cards, so that an informed diagnosis can be made, and the patients guided through the next steps. In some cases, the optometrist may request that the patient visit an OPSM store for a more comprehensive consultation; alternatively, the optometrist may refer the patient for either general medical care, or direct to a hospital for ophthalmology care if necessary”.
Optometry is not currently included in the list of tele-health consultations covered by Medicare, however key members of the sector, including Optometry Australia are strongly advocating Federal Government for its inclusion.