The technology giant’s Automated Retinal Disease Assessment tool is trained to diagnose diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes, by reading images of patients’ retinas. Studies show that the artificial intelligence can be as effective as a doctor at identifying signs of the condition.
Google is testing ARDA in India where at least 60 million people have diabetes and often don’t know they should be screened for the eye condition.
Affecting about one in three people with diabetes, this eye disease can cause irreversible vision loss and blindness. The good news is that early detection and treatment can prevent or minimize vision loss, and keeping diabetes under control can reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy altogether.
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A powerful, easy-to-use camera that takes high-resolution images of the eye could help detect early signs of diabetes and allow for more timely treatment and intervention.
Diabetic retinopathy has some connection to diabetes control, but it’s not necessarily 100% avoidable. Just because I have it doesn’t mean I’ve been a “bad diabetic”. I’ve spent most of my life doing the best I could to take care of myself. Some people are just more predisposed to getting it than others.
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of blindness in the working-age population of the developed world and is estimated to affect over 93 million people.
Google researchers have worked with doctors to develop an AI that can automatically identify diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause blindness among adults.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the first diagnostic applications that Google has found for it’s deep learning computer vision team. Other teams are already working on similar projects.
I imagine I will get a second opinion. Maybe I’ll go to a retina specialist. But I have a feeling it won’t change much. I mean, what are the chances a doctor would see retinopathy that wasn’t there? Diabetes isn’t fair.
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Even though I would normally receive good news, I always dreaded these check ups, as going blind from diabetes retinopathy is my biggest nemesis, my biggest fear and a potential turning point in my life that I always believed I couldn’t handle.
Generally, diabetics don't develop diabetic retinopathy until they have had diabetes for at least 10 years. But it is unwise to wait that long for an eye exam.
PDR is the more advanced stage of diabetic eye disease. It happens when the retina starts growing new blood vessels. This is called neovascularization.
Successful care of diabetic retinopathy depends not only on early treatment by your ophthalmologist, but especially on your attitude and attention to medications and diet.
In Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR), the abnormal vessels of neovascularization are quite fragile and if not treated aggressively will often lead to a severe loss of vision due to vitreous hemorrhaging, scar tissue formation, and finally retinal detachment.
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