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Providing retinal screenings as part of the yearly check-up can detect eye problems earlier and reduce referrals to specialists.
Blindness has a variety of causes, with the common ones being ageing and diabetes. About 75 million Americans should have their eyes tested every year, yet less than 25% are being screened. Patients may need to see their primary care doctor or GP who then refers them on to a specialist for the screening.
In the UK, diabetic patients are referred to their local eye service after being newly diagnosed. Adding a second doctor or clinic location into the process adds additional barriers, from prohibitive costs to transportation problems.
AEYE Health offers primary care physicians the ability to undertake eye screening within their clinics. The smart technology does not require any special training, and any GP can use the handheld retinal camera.
This camera takes a picture of the retina – This is the thin layer at the back of the eye, which is needed for our vision. The AI will check the image for eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The system then provides almost immediate results and indicates whether the patient needs to see the ophthalmologist.
Allowing community doctors to offer retinal screenings will save unnecessary time and cost that goes into referring patients to the ophthalmologist or specialist services. Providing screenings as part of a regular check-up means all patients can be screened with anomalies being detected earlier. Skinvision is an example of another startup harnessing AI technology and medical image recognition for skin cancer.