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Satellite image methods may help lower preventable vision loss


Scientists in Australia have found a new way to classify and diagnose eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration. They have adapted the pattern recognition techniques used to assess satellite images

The method combines the results of multiple ocular imaging techniques. It has been found to successfully identify features of macular degeneration.

The team that has developed the method says they have been able to successfully classify a series of eyes with intermediate age-related macular degeneration 91% of the time.

Early and accurate identification is important to prevent vision loss. However, signs of early age-related macular degeneration are subtle. As many as 25% of patients with early or moderate disease may remain undiagnosed.

The current method of diagnoses is tedious and not always accurate. The new method could lead to better outcomes for affected people.

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