Did you know that at this very moment there are more than 400 million diabetic patients who could be at risk for a serious condition that causes permanent blindness?
Fortunately, eye doctors can treat the disease if they are able to catch it early. But if it’s left untreated for too long, it can cause irreversible blindness. This is why it’s so important for diabetes patients to undergo annual eye exams.
The problem is that there are many people who don’t get their eyes tested every year, either because they choose not to or because they don’t have access to regular eye exams.
In the future, machine learning could make it far easier for physicians to diagnose people with diabetic retinopathy and a host of other diseases as well.