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Ocular Fundus Photography as an Educational Tool

By Devin D. Mackay and Philip S. Garza

Abstract

The proficiency of nonophthalmologists with direct ophthalmoscopy is poor, which has prompted a search for alternative technologies to examine the ocular fundus. Although ocular fundus photography has existed for decades, its use has been traditionally restricted to ophthalmology clinical care settings and textbooks. Recent research has shown a role for nonmydriatic fundus photography in nonophthalmic settings, encouraging more widespread adoption of fundus photography technology. Recent studies have also affirmed the role of fundus photography as an adjunct or alternative to direct ophthalmoscopy in undergraduate medical education. In this review, the authors examine the use of ocular fundus photography as an educational tool and suggest future applications for this important technology. Novel applications of fundus photography as an educational tool have the potential to resurrect the dying art of funduscopy

Topics: ophthalmoscopy, medical education, fundus photography
Publisher: Thieme
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1055/s-0035-1563572
OAI identifier: oai:scholarworks.iupui.edu:1805/9513
Provided by: IUPUIScholarWorks

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