Scientists have developed a computer program to screen for diabetic retinopathy, a potentially blinding condition that may affect every person with diabetes. The research is being presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week.
EyeArt is a patent-pending, fully automated set of tools able to quickly offer a refer/no-refer recommendation based on images taken of a patient’s retina. Researchers found it to be as accurate as trained specialists in screening for the eye disease.
Diabetic retinopathy, reported as the leading cause of blindness in the adult working-age population, is an eye condition stemming from diabetes that can be successfully treated if diagnosed early. The computerized tool could help increase the number of annual screenings that take place in the primary care setting.
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