Researchers Finds Way to Predict Blindness Later in Life

Aging eyesight. Scientists using machine learning to predict severe shortsightedness. Study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.

By Sunil Sonkar
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Researchers Finds Way to Predict Blindness Later in Life

Losing eyesight can be hard and especially as we get older. Solutions for slowing down the inevitable progression towards blindness have been scarce. However, scientists in Japan have found something important. They have used machine learning to guess how well people with severe shortsightedness can see. This type of shortsightedness is one of the primary reasons for blindness worldwide. The study got published in a special eye journal called JAMA Ophthalmology.


What is cool about this study is that it can tell how well people can see in three to five years.  Furthermore, a binary classification model has been developed, enabling the prediction and visual representation of the risk of sight loss over a five-year period. The researchers believe this discovery is a big deal. They think using smart computers to guess how well someone can see in the future could help doctors find and keep an eye on people at risk of losing their vision.

The study wanted to see if machine learning could guess the loss of our vision over a long time. Yining Wang, who led the study, said they already know smart computers are good at seeing changes in myopia. But in this study, they wanted to figure out how good these computers are at guessing what might happen in the long run.

In a world where some are not sure about machine learning, this news makes us feel good about how helpful they can be. It gives us hope for the future and shows that smart technology might help us in keeping our eyes healthy. As scientists keep studying these ideas, it seems like we are doing the right things to help people who are worried about losing their sight.

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