Anterior Segment Imaging Devices in Ophthalmic Telemedicine

Semin Ophthalmol. 2021 May 19;36(4):149-156. doi: 10.1080/08820538.2021.1887899. Epub 2021 Mar 3.


Obtaining a clear assessment of the anterior segment is critical for disease diagnosis and management in ophthalmic telemedicine. The anterior segment can be imaged with slit lamp cameras, robotic remote controlled slit lamps, cell phones, cell phone adapters, digital cameras, and webcams, all of which can enable remote care. The ability of these devices to identify various ophthalmic diseases has been studied, including cataracts, as well as abnormalities of the ocular adnexa, cornea, and anterior chamber. This article reviews the current state of anterior segment imaging for the purpose of ophthalmic telemedical care.

Keywords: Anterior segment; imaging devices; ophthalmic imaging; telehealth; telemedicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Chamber
  • Anterior Eye Segment / diagnostic imaging
  • Cataract*
  • Eye Diseases* / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Slit Lamp Microscopy
  • Telemedicine*