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March 06, 2018 Tuesday 12:43:41 PM IST
Soon an AI may become your Eye Specialist!

In near future, there would be an AI, giving a thorough examination for your eyes! 

Artificial intelligent algorithms are soon developing that the time is not far away where you will be examined by an AI at your ophthalmologist. First of such a kind is waiting the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The programme will have an AI trained in detecting the symptoms of diabetes-related vision loss in eye images

Though there are already other AI programs that help doctors examine medical images, this is the first specialist kind of approach towards the using of AI in medical field.  

Researchers are still working on the possible hazards they may face, like the quality of the image which may vary from clinic to clinic. But this kind of innovation is really helpful in rural and developing areas where access to a specialist is not that easy a task.

The scope of Eye examination is not limited to finding out issues with vision only. One algorithm that studied retinal images from over 284,000 patients could predict cardiovascular health risk factors such as high blood pressure.

The algorithm was 71 percent accurate in distinguishing eye images between smoking and nonsmoking patients, according to a report February 19 in Nature Biomedical Engineering.