Scientists receive award for eye disease research

Scientists receive award for eye disease research

By Adrian Galbreth

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been honoured with an award for developing an eye disease-detecting technology.

The ORNL scientists were given a total of eight awards in the annual R&D 100 Awards by R&D Magazine.

Their Telemedical Retinal Image Analysis and Diagnosis (Triad) programme is an internet-based diagnostic system that screens the eyes of large patient populations.

It looks for blinding diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and is very low-cost to operate.

The system helps primary care providers to prevent blindness in diabetic patients in a more efficient manner.

"This diagnostic tool will allow far more people to undergo screening, especially the indigent and those in areas that are medically underserved," a statement form ORNL said.

A national screening programme for diabetic retinopathy is currently being run in the UK by the NHS.

It estimates that 25 per cent of people with type 1 diabetes will have some degree of diabetic retinopathy within five years of their symptoms first developing.

by Martin Burns

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