In Focus: Industry issues discussed at 100% Optical

From AI to sustainability in eyewear, Optician rounds up the top talks from the weekend

A presentation on the history and benefits of using artificial intelligence (AI) as an assistive tool in comprehensive retinal analysis was held by Optos chief technology officer, Derek Swan, on the Main Stage.

Swan highlighted that AI technology provides a significant opportunity for detecting early diagnosis of eye conditions through extended retinal imaging data, if adopted and used appropriately by optometrists.

He outlined that it was ideal to implement AI optometry tools now due to the current prevalence of eye disorders, increasing elderly population and advances in treatments and technology.

‘AI plays a role in the accuracy of image analysis, quantification classification, moving into predictive risk, longitudinal monitoring, and improving practice efficiency in an already burdened healthcare system,’ Swan added.

An online study conducted on practitioners found that 74% of respondents claim to have either not very much knowledge or no knowledge at all about AI, yet 53% believed they will be adopting AI solutions in their practice within the next five years, suggesting a gap between knowledge and appetite for adoption, he said.

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