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Telemedicine service for keratoconus monitoring: patient satisfaction and prospects for further expansion

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posted on 2023-03-14, 10:13 authored by Katja C Iselin, Claude Kaufmann, Diana Malata, Lucas M Bachmann, William J Power, Barry Quill, Conor MurphyConor Murphy

Introduction: During the COVID-19 pandemic, keratoconus patient care moved from in-person clinics to virtual care. We surveyed patient satisfaction with the new virtual clinic model. 

Methods: We assessed the views of keratoconus patients enrolled in the novel virtual service between June 1 and July 31, 2020, in individual structured telephone interviews using Likert questions. 

Results: Of the 88 patients enrolled, the opinions of 69 patients could be evaluated (78.4%). Compared with previous in-person visits, mean waiting times for diagnostic examinations dropped from 43 (±32) min to 4 (±3) min (p < 0.001). The majority of patients (68; 99%) were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall service irrespective of the communication channel (telephone or video). A majority also indicated a desire to continue attending the virtual keratoconus clinic after the pandemic and supported the idea of decentralized sites for future diagnostic measurements. 

Discussion: A novel virtual service to monitor keratoconus progression was well received and was associated with shorter waiting times. There was a strong interest on the part of patients to further develop the virtual keratoconus clinic. 

Conclusions: This study demonstrates that keratoconus patients managed very well the conversion from in-person to virtual care. A solid majority of keratoconus patients also supported further expansion of the virtual consultations to a completely decentralized telemedicine model.



Final publication is available from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2021.0619

Published Citation

Iselin KC. et al. Telemedicine service for keratoconus monitoring: patient satisfaction and prospects for further expansion. Telemed e-Health. 2022;28(11):1690-1697

Publication Date

2 Novembr 2022

PubMed ID



  • Ophthalmology


Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.,


  • Accepted Version (Postprint)