Dr. Robert Wisse’s take on the paradigm shift in cataract & refractive care

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Last week Dr. Robert Wisse spoke at The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) congress to thousands of Ophthalmologists from 130 countries on how online eye exams are helping to shape the future of eye care.

The ESCRS society promotes education and research in the field of implant and refractive surgery to advance the study and practice of ophthalmology. Dr.Robert Wisse is Assistant Professor and Ophthalmologist at UMC Utrecht (Netherlands) with subspecialisation in corneal pathology and surgery, including corneal transplantation.

Robert: ‘We are living in a period of transition, where familiar services and institutions pave way for novel technologies. Increased access 24/7 and tailored services are becoming the norm. What about healthcare? A highly regulated industry, defined by the personal contact between patient and doctor?’

The COVID-19 pandemic painfully underlined what the results are of poor access to healthcare; people not getting the care that they need. A paradigm shift is needed to cater for this anticipated surge in healthcare demands, and technology will inevitably play an important role.

Tele-monitoring and digital health are not abstract concepts for the far future. In his presentation Robert shares his view on how digitization in eyecare can be made possible in the near future. Download Robert’s full presentation on the latest development in digital eye health.

Making eye care accessible to everyone


We have 3 short questions before we can get started.

1. The eye-exam takes about 20 minutes from beginning to end. Is now a good time?

● No lost time traveling or waiting for your appointment. The only minutes spent is on the test itself.

Glad to hear you’re not in a hurry. This will improve the results.

Do you have a smartphone, together with a laptop (or tablet), and 3 meters of space at your disposal?

● Your smartphone will function as a remote, and is also used together with a laptop (or tablet) to perform the online eye-exam.

That’s great! We’re almost good to go. Just one more thing.

Do you have your current eyewear prescription at your fingertips?

● Your prescription powers your eyewear. Our optometrists use your old one as areference for validating your new prescription.

Take the exam now, or save it for later?

Based on experience, we advise you to take your time with the online eye-exam to optimize your results. We can email you a link to proceed whenever you’re ready.

    If you want to do it right now or maybe you are just curious, no problem.


    Great, you’re all set!
    Let’s get started

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