A Loyola University Medical Center study has found that eye exams using an ophthalmoscope -- the instrument that shines a light into a patient's pupil -- are being performed infrequently, Newswise.com reports.
For more than 150 years, physicians have performed these exams with the hand-held instrument. The exam is called direct funduscopy and it can also detect other problems, including some neurological conditions.
“It is disturbing that the funduscopic examination has been shown to be one of the clinical skills physicians are least confident performing,” the researchers wrote.
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