Aston University has partnered with Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast to research and develop a digital tool using artificial intelligence (AI) for diagnosing dry eye disease.

Researchers aimed to improve identification of patients living with dry eye, which they said had the potential to be applied to other areas of ocular pathology.

Professor Mark Dunne, senior lecturer in optometry at Aston University, said: ‘We will explore how AI can be incorporated into clinical practice and patient care. The associate on this project will apply machine learning to the creation of a clinical decision support system that uses real evidence from a working clinic to deliver the best possible care to its patients.

‘This task may seem a leap, but current machine learning software allows its intuitive realisation with remarkable speed. This is perfect for clinicians who may not have advanced skills in statistical analysis and computer programming.’