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Artificial Applications, Real Intelligence, the Rise of the Machines in Eyecare

AI is going to be a game-changer and these tech behemoths are leading the charge.

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TECH BEHEMOTHS HAVE moved into the artificial intelligence (AI) space for vision applications. Microsoft offers a free talking camera for the blind called Seeing AI in the app store. Deepmind AI joined forces with Google in 2014 and has since developed programs that diagnose eye disease, predict retinal disease progression, and review digital OCT scans. DeepScribe, which partners with EHR systems, records, transcribes, analyzes and summarizes exams, filtering out unnecessary information with 98 percent accuracy. AI is going to be a game-changer, especially for those who live in remote communities or for those who lack vision insurance. Now they can access screening for early detection and get a referral if they show signs of disease.

Sensimed smart contact lens

Sensimed

TriggerFish, a smart contact lens that delivers a 24-hour picture of the eye.

sensimed.ch, [email protected]

OrCam MyEye

OrCam Technologies

OrCam MyEye, for those with low vision and reading difficulties, uses a personal AI reader to capture and read text aloud from any printed surface or digital screen.

(800) 713-3741, orcam.com

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dr chrono DeepScribe

DeepScribe

DeepScribe is an ambient AI-powered medical scribe that integrates with EHR systems for medical documentation.

deepscribe.ai

Cybersight AI

Orbis International

Cybersight AI can detect common eye diseases – such as glaucoma, macular disease and diabetic retinopathy – in seconds by analyzing fundus images with a smartphone.

(800) 672-4787, cybersight.org

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EyeNuk EyeArt AI Eye Screening System

EyeNuk

The EyeArt AI Eye Screening System provides fully automated DR screening, including retinal imaging, during a diabetic patient’s regular exam.

(818) 835-3585, eyenuk.com

Carl Zeiss Meditec Ophthalmic Devices

Carl Zeiss Meditec Ophthalmic Devices

Humphrey Field Analyzer 3 (HFA3) uses AI to deliver interactive progression analysis of glaucoma in patients.

(800) 341-6968, zeiss.com/med

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Bryan Wolynski, ODGlasses on First, New York, NY

Dr. Bryan Wolynski

We need to embrace artificial intelligence. Anything that makes ODs better diagnosticians benefits our profession and patients. Recently we were forced into telehealth by COVID-19. Now, I believe we’ll see an emergence of telehealth combined with AI. OrCam, while not specifically for diagnostics, uses a natural language-understanding technology that helps those who are visually impaired and have reading challenges to function independently. The MyEye handheld device came out five years ago, but the smart reading technology just came out in March. It interacts with the patient and allows them to form a relationship with AI so that when they speak, it understands what they want.

Steven Silverstein, MD, Silverstein Eye Centers, Kansas City, MO

Dr. Steven Silverstein

AI is in its infancy in ophthalmology yet it shows tremendous potential. We’ve been using AI over the years to assess visual fields for glaucoma, OCT diagnosis and ERG and VEP tests. Now new software allows us to evaluate a retina and determine if a patient has diabetic retinopathy (DR). It’s revolutionary and has many applications. While nothing can replace a live exam, for those living in a rural area or a nursing home, a technology like Eyenuk’s can get a clear image of the retina without dilating the pupil and from that create a report. This shows if there is DR, whether it’s mild or requires urgent care. We can save a patient’s vision and help the healthcare payer by getting an early diagnosis and recommending a course of action for diabetes. It offers an extraordinary elevation of our current ability to diagnose.

Carol Gilhawley is a contributing writer for INVISION.

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