Researchers have developed an application that can detect eye diseases like diabetic macular edema.
The move is aimed at general physicians who can detect the condition and refer the patient to a specialist.
“The idea is to detect and prevent diseases in general practice. We are not replacing the specialist. We want to know which patients have a disease and make an early detection,” said Dr Juan Carlos Altamirano Vallejo, medical director of the Medical and Surgical Centre for Retina.
For people with diabetes, this app will help them know whether they are suffering with macular degeneration, edema and diabetic retinopathy.
The software, developed in collaboration with biomedical engineers from the Spain-based the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) has been satisfactory and is expected to soon be marketed and incorporated the basic health system.
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