Mullen, Deborah M.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Objective This study aims to assess the health and economic costs and benefits to society and patients resulting from the expansion of telemedicine into online refractive exams and to determine the likelihood of potential consumers to utilize such services. Methods A paper survey was distributed at the Inaugural Cempa Health Fair in October of 2019 to both vendors and participants. 105 responses were used to evaluate personal perceptions, practices, and likelihood across a diverse range of demographics. Responses were then entered and analyzed using descriptive statistics and percentages/frequencies. Results Results showed respondents were most attracted to online refractive exams due to cost and convenience factors; however, the majority would still prefer to use in-person exams if costs were the same but were less likely to seek out comprehensive exams when accurately priced. Implications Tele-optometry, per the AOA, can be useful in a variety of mediums unless they are being used as substitutes. Both the survey and literature show interest in expansion, especially in populations which may be susceptible to missed diagnoses. Cost-benefit analysis is positive for patients but may have more negative implications for society and the economy as a whole. Further modifications should be made within the vision field to ensure proper education, access, safety, and insurance opportunities are made a priority.
B. I. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Integrated Studies.
Optometry; Telecommunication in medicine
Optometry | Telemedicine
ii, 44 leaves
Hulsey, Anna, "A look into the impacts of tele-optometry expansion" (2020). Honors Theses.