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Easier Glaucoma Diagnosis with Smartphone Apps and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence. To some people, this term may evoke images of the android Data from Star Trek, or Skynet from the Terminator franchise. While we have a long way to go before machines are sentient, researchers are developing useful applications of artificial intelligence (AI) that can help people right now. For sufferers of chronic blinding diseases like glaucoma, AI is being adapted to both diagnosis and disease management. In fact, before long, a solution could be as close as your cell phone.

Making AI Work for Glaucoma Patients

Intelligent computers require two things to work: a processing algorithm, which is a step-by-step procedure to solve a problem or reach a decision, and a whole lot of the right data to run through that algorithm. Put in a medical context, with enough useful data to compare with a specific patient’s data, the processing algorithm can reliably arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Because the process a physician goes through to come up with an accurate diagnosis is complex and very hard to properly model, AI can be used to contain costs, screen, determine risk, and help doctors make decisions.

Click here to read the full article by Glaucoma Research Foundation.