Development of an automated web-based screening system for eye diseases

Project Details

Half of all major eye diseases, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, are undetected in Australia. Retinal imaging is a powerful screening mechanism to identify people with eye diseases. However, the interpretation of retinal images is highly dependent on clinical experts. This limits the efficiency, accessibility and affordability of screening programs. We have developed a web-based system that incorporates an artificial intelligence-based automatic grading algorithm with proven efficiency and accuracy. In this proposal we will further customise the system based on end-user need to build, validate and translate these technologies into an efficient screening system.

Our system will deliver a technology-driven and user-friendly screening solution to identify people with chronic eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, which together account for >50% of blindness in Australia. The platform will be less reliant on retinal professionals and thus screening can be performed at optometry or diabetes clinics. This will improve the accessibility of patients, reducing waiting times for end-users and therefore optimising the potential to reduce vision loss. The cost to governments and insurance providers will also be reduced when the referrals to ophthalmologists will be more targeted.

Researchers

Dr Andreas Muller 

Dr Stuart Keel, Research Feloow

Dr William Yan PhD student

Ms Pei Ying Lee, Research Optometrist

Collaborators

www.eyegrader.com, a web-based solution for screening of eye diseases
Healgoo Inc, Guangzhou, China

Funding

Bupa Health Foundation

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Group

Ophthalmic Epidemiology Group



Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Integrated Critical Medicine



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Surgery

Unit / Centre

Ophthalmic Epidemiology Group