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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)
Alabama VA first to use Teleglaucoma Service
By Tramel Garrett
Wednesday, April 8, 2020Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System is leading the way in telehealth innovation with an all new Tele-glaucoma program to make sure our Veterans can access care when and where they need it.
CAVHCS is first in the country to offer the new technology to Veterans with glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve.
Telehealth Services transforms how Veterans access high-quality VA care from their home, clinic, or the hospital.
“Its been eye-opening in regards to some of the knowledge I’ve gained on where I’m at, what they are doing, and things I can do to alleviate some of the discomforts,” said Army Veteran Warren Daniels.
Veterans come in for clinic testing and go over the results with a certified ophthalmologist in the comfort of their homes.
“We are excited about possibilities and where this program can go. And how we can treat patients with glaucoma,” said Angela Thornell, a CAVHCS Technology Based Eye Care Services (TECS) health technician.
How does VA Video Connect work?
Veterans discuss with their primary care provider to see whether VA Video Connect could become a part of your care plan. Once the decision is made, the Veterans will receive an email link for a VA Video Connect session. At the time of your appointment, simply click on the link, enter your information, and launch the session.
How does Telehealth work for Veterans with glaucoma?
A Veteran comes in for a routine eye exam and is transmitted to an ophthalmologist all over the nation—a board-certified glaucoma specialist assigned to the team. The veteran receives a test for glaucoma, and in an approximate two hours later, he will video connect with his doctor for the results in the comfort of their home.
“Our facility has a large glaucoma base, and we recently lost a lot of providers. This technology gives our patient’s accessibility, and a lot of Veterans want to keep their care here,” said Thornell.
Veterans today have more choices than ever before when it comes to how their health care is delivered. We know that when health care is more accessible, people have better health outcomes and live healthier lives