Teleophthalmology makes specialty eye care more convenient for rural Wisconsinites

[ Music ]>>Hi. I’m here to see Dr. Blodi. Toward the end of my driving career,
my eyesight was getting worse yet. And so I thought I better check this out. It looked like a cobweb in my eye is what it
looked like, and I knew something wasn’t right.>>Look straight ahead out the window there. I’ll take a look here. And a lot of these patients live in rural parts
in communities that do not have an optometrist or do not have an ophthalmologist
and therefore they would have to travel maybe to Madison or Marshfield. Making it convenient and making
it available is really important.>>I’ve often been told by patients
that the reason that they most want to protect their sight is to watch their
children and their grandchildren grow up. And I think making that possible
is just an incredible privilege.>>All right. Bright flash.>>Patients can see their primary care
physician and that same day get a photograph of their eye that’s used to
check for diabetic eye disease. The American Diabetes Association
recommends that people with diabetes get a yearly eye check either
from an in-person exam with an eye doctor or using these photos called tele-ophthalmology. UW has been a huge leader not only here in
the U.S. but all around the world in terms of our understanding of diabetic eye disease
and so we’re trying to use the Wisconsin idea, make it easier for people to get access to
the care they need to protect their vision.>>I probably would have
went blind in my right eye. I wouldn’t have been able to see anything. They can really see what your eye is doing. And they can really take care of the problem. I love to fish. And if I couldn’t see a beautiful
bluegill, it would be bad. [ Music ]

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