SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Valley Eye Physicians of Sunnyvale, California, is set to release CoolDoctors, a mobile app that allows individuals to reach one of their eye care doctors from their smartphones. The app utilizes a video chat feature that will link users with their optometrist or ophthalmologist who will diagnose common eye conditions and develop a plan of treatment. The app allows patients to choose from a menu of symptoms including options such as blurry vision, discharge, itching, eye turn, dryness, and eye strain. Patients will receive a 15-minute consultation for a fee of $50, saving the added time and expense of an office visit.
Dr. Moshe Mendelson of Silicon Valley Eye Physicians pioneered the CoolDoctors app. "Many common eye problems can be quickly and easily diagnosed," stated Dr. Mendelson, "but people will often delay coming to the eye doctor until their condition is much worse. They either do not have the time or do not want to spend the money for a standard office visit. The CoolDoctors app eliminates both of these problems. Patients can seek treatment from wherever they are. There is no need to take time away from work or family activities and the cost is far less than an office visit."
With the CoolDoctors app, patients are able to upload pictures of their condition which will allow the consulting doctor to get a close-up look at the eye problem. If antibiotics are deemed necessary, the doctor can send a prescription to the local pharmacy of your choice. If the consulting doctor determines that the condition cannot be treated with telemedicine, a local eye doctor will be recommended.
According to Dr. Mendelson, "We plan to begin with our current patients, but we believe eventually this app can be used by patients worldwide. This means bringing care to rural or otherwise remote areas where people have smartphones but may not have easy access to a qualified eye doctor. Thankfully, the quality of smartphones has improved so rapidly that telemedicine can be made a reality. Through the camera and video chat features, we, as doctors, can get excellent views of any symptoms the patient is presenting making an accurate diagnosis possible. In the event that we determine advanced treatment or diagnostic testing is necessary, we can recommend an experienced local doctor for treatment."
CoolDoctors is soon to be released through the Apple app store by Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, a full-service optometry and ophthalmology office located at 1010 West Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94087 and at 3159 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, California 95054. To inquire about their services or to make an appoint contact their office at 408-739-6200. For more information on services visit them online at www.eyelink.com.
Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, 408-739-6200
Source: Silicon Valley Eye Physicians