Over 1 billion people worldwide are struggling from vision impairment or complete blindness caused by potentially preventable or correctable causes. This number is expected to grow up to 1,8 billion by 2050, what will inevitably put even more pressure on already understaffed hospitals and raise the costs of specialised health care much further. Artificial Intelligence has the ability to transform the way we treat patients, making the eye screening easy accessible to everyone. By simply offering solutions like RetCAD at optical stores, we can help more people faster.
Early recognition of possible symptoms is very important in preventing potentially severe eye diseases and even vision loss. However, because only specialised optometrists and ophthalmologists in hospitals usually conduct the examination, the costs of the consult are high and only a limited number of patients can be screened. Next to that, most of the people who come to the hospital with vision problems already experience severe symptoms, eventually creating a workload that could have been prevented with a reliable screening in advance. To reduce high health care costs and avoid the development of possible severe consequences of eye diseases, the challenge now is to detect the first symptoms much earlier and at the same time to improve the efficiency of the patient triage process.