Digital scans are used by eye care professionals to correctly diagnose these conditions and determine the correct approach to treatment. These optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans are highly complex and take time to analyse, which has an impact on how quickly patients receive a diagnosis and can start treatment.
Recognising the potential to use cutting edge technology to explore and analyse data from eye scans, Moorfields announced a medical research collaboration with artificial intelligence company DeepMind Health in July 2016.
The collaboration is investigating how a form of artificial intelligence technology called deep learning could help to rapidly analyse eye scans, giving clinicians a better understanding of eye disease. As part of the project, deep learning will be applied to a set of one million anonymised eye scans to look for early signs of eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration and sight loss as a result of diabetes.
The project has the potential to revolutionise the way professionals carry out eye tests in the future and could lead to earlier detection and better treatment of common eye diseases.