Diabetic Retinopathy & Machine Learning
Today nearly 415 million diabetic patients are at risk worldwide. One of the risks is the high prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). DR is becoming the main cause of blindness among working-age population. The risk of severe vision loss can be significantly reduced by timely diagnosis and treatment. Currently, only about 60 percent of people with diabetes are stated to have yearly screenings for Diabetic Retinopathy. Between 90 percent and 95 percent of all patients with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. Given such a disproportionately large number, this group consequently comprises a large proportion of patients with visual impairment who suffer from Diabetic Retinopathy, even though Type 1 diabetes is associated with more frequent and more severe ocular complications. With increasing industrialization and globalization, there is a concomitant increasing prevalence of diabetes that is leading to a worldwide epidemic.