Visiting a doctor after some signs of an eye disease have already appeared can often be too late. Many symptoms can only be noticed when the disease has already developed too far. Especially in case of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), a sight-threatening complication of diabetes, it is extremely important to have a diagnosis confirmed timely. There are more than 93 million people who live with DR worldwide. Though the disease is one of the leading causes of impaired vision in the working-age population, it can be kept under control if diagnosed early.
Many countries have already implemented nationally coordinated screening programs for populations with an increased risk of DR. This is to ensure that people have access to timely health checks, even before any vision problems occur. Running such programs at a large scale requires large capacity on the side of medical eye specialists. Examination of hundreds or thousands of people, including analysis and evaluation of multiple eye scans per person, puts an incredible workload on the healthcare institutions, making the programs difficult to implement.