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… but also to our health

With our eyes we can see beautiful things around us, we can read and we can follow scientific experiments.

An eye doctor can look into our eyes, more precisely by observing our retina, that is the sensitive region at the black of the eye.

He can see so many things about our health, like:

  • diabetic retinopathy (DR)
  • age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and glaucoma,
    but also of life-threatening systemic disorders like
  • the risk for hypertension,
  • stroke,
  • cardiovascular diseases,
    and neurological disorders like
  • mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
    and even
  • Alzheimer’s disease.

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of blindness. It is estimated to affect more than 95 million people. One goal is to slow down the progression of DR in time. The challenge is that the disease often shows few symptoms until it is too late to provide effective treatment.

On the other hand, the ophthalmologist can find many different diseases at one patient, often these can falsify the symptoms and lead to a different result(s). Only a long observation of one person’s eyes and notice the changes over time leads to the correct assessments. Doctors do not have the time to look at all possibilities when examining a patient.

Artificial Intelligence can help.

AI can learn from prior classified images different disease and give a doctor a hint about where to look closer.

In a previous project, I examined in an industrial environment production parts for existing stains and scratches. Only certain small stains and scratches were accepted. A camera could find these defects and lead to discarding these items from the production line since they will not pass the final quality control.

Further reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetic_retinopathy

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-diabetic-retinopathy

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2018/06/19/225508.full.pdf

https://www.kaggle.com/c/diabetic-retinopathy-detection/overview

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