Powerful Patient tool
Taking a photo documents what you see, and allows impressive patient education. No longer talk about generalities...the patient can actually see their eye, which will aid you in discussions.
An example is a picture with 'dry eye punctuate keratopathy' makes our patients feel heard.
Through secure AirDrop etc, send patients their images. Patients will show them to family and impress them with your advanced technology.
Engage the patient
Showing patients and family the reasons for treatment is a reassuring tool
Let them see the quality of your work
Demonstrate the fine quality of your treatment
Show patients why their eyes feel dry and irritated.
Follow changes with treatment
After 8 years of using the EyePhotoDoc™, I have found that nothing promotes patient/doctor communication better than showing them their actual photo. Everyday, we see patients with cataracts who do not understand why we can't just make their prescription stronger. A photo of their lens with cortical spoking, nuclear sclerosis, or a posterior subcapsular cataract is a more effective tool than words.
Tear film disorders are frequently a mystery to the patients. Showing the patient a short video of their punctate keratopathy, meibomian gland dysfunction, blepharitis, or lid issues is much simpler than a long explanation.
The Fundus Examcam™ newly released for 2020, is very valuable because it allows you and the patient to see in the eye. You can show the patient macular findings and on subsequent visits follow changes in an understandable way. Background diabetic retinopathy can be shown to patients to help motivate them. Multiple retinal disorders from a PVD, vascular abnormalities, glaucoma nerve changes can be shown when needed to educate the patient.
Almost anything you see at the slit lamp or fundus exam can be shared with the patient to improve communication and treatment.
The patients are excited to get a photo of their eyes. AirDrop, faxes and web pages are HIPAA-compliant. If they want it text messaged or emailed it is not HIPAA-compliant and first ask for a waiver of their HIPAA rights. (Patients usually do, and frequently feel the question is a surprising third-party intrusion in their doctor-patient relationship.)