COVID19: Edited by Allen Chiang and Prithvi MruthyunjayaTeleophthalmology: an essential tool in the era of the novel coronavirus 2019Kalavar, Meghanaa; Hua, Hong-Uyenb; Sridhar, JayanthaAuthor Information aBascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida bRoski Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA Correspondence to Jayanth Sridhar, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 900 NW 17th Street Miami, FL 33136, USA. Tel: +1 305 326 6124; fax: +1 305 326 6417; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Ophthalmology: September 2020 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - p 366-373 doi: 10.1097/ICU.0000000000000689 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review The aim of this article is to assess the current state of teleophthalmology given the sudden surge in telemedicine demand in response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Recent findings Recommendations and policies from government and national health organizations, combined with social distancing, have led to exponential increases in telemedicine use. Teleophthalmology can be integrated into ophthalmic care delivery. In the emergency room, teleophthalmology can be utilized to triage patients and diagnose common ophthalmic eye diseases. Ophthalmology practices can utilize real-time medicine to conduct many parts of an in-person exam. In cases where more complex diagnostic tools are warranted, a model incorporating telemedicine and focused in-person visits may still be beneficial. Innovative technologies emerging in the market allow for increased remote monitoring, screening, and management of adult and pediatric patients for common eye diseases. Summary COVID-19 created a demand for healthcare delivery that limits in-person examination and potential viral exposure. Teleophthalmology allows ophthalmologists to continue caring for patients while keeping physicians and patients safe. Although challenges still exist, the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of teleophthalmology. As a result, teleophthalmology will play an integral role in providing high-quality efficient care in the near future. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.