Vision loss due to diseases like Diabetes, hypertension and aging are the leading causes of blindness amongst American adults affecting upto 60M each year in the US. This form of blindness is totally preventable if caught early. However, due to lack of easy access to eye specialists combined with the bad experience surrounding pupil dilation drops, patients often skip their annual recommended eye exams and suffer permanent damage and in many cases loss of vision. Although patients frequently visit their Primary care provider to get a panel of tests, the one exam they cannot get is the eye exam.
Diabetic vision loss is currently diagnosed by an ophthalmologist using either a slit lamp or OCT machines manufactured by companies such as Alcon and Carl Zeiss. These instruments are expensive, require pupil dilation, and require the presence of an ophthalmologist. Currently, Primary Care Physicians cannot administer eye exams because it is outside their specialty to dilate pupils and interpret images of the retina. By coupling infrared imaging with artificial intelligence into a compact headset-like device, Ai-Ris addresses both of these limitations head-on. Our device is compact, automates the screening process, and doesn’t require the presence of an expert, thus expanding access to eye care.