Our experience with Aireen

Since last year, we have been offering the Aireen device in our Health+ diabetes surgery. We talked to Barbara Jónová, MD, about what Aireen is and what it can do.

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What is the Aireen and how does it work?

Aireen® is a new SW technology based on artificial intelligence. Using a state-of-the-art fundoscopic camera. It analyses digitalimages of the ocular background and diagnoses pathological changes in the retina and blood vessels. So far, Aireen is focused on the diagnosis of ocular complications accompanying diabetes (diabetic retinopathy).

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes, affecting approximately 10% of diabetic patients. It is a disease of the blood vessels of the retina caused by higher blood sugar levels. Such damaged blood vessels can become clogged, proliferate further, have more permeability and less strength which leads to retinal hemorrhage with visual impairment and even blindness. Initially, the course is completely asymptomatic. It is at this stage, if retinopathy is diagnosed in time, that it is most therapeutically manageable. Therefore, every diabetic patient should have a background eye examination once a year.


How do you perform the examinationin H+

In our diabetic clinic we use a special camera for screening of diabetic retinopathy, which can take pictures of the background of clients' eyes without artefactual mydriasis, i.e. without the so-called eye tearing. This examination is completely non-intrusive, lasting only a few seconds, without subsequent restrictions, e.g. in driving a motor vehicle, as is the case with aconventional eye examination. The acquired images of the background of the eyes are then evaluated by artificial intelligence, which determines whether or notdiabetic retinopathy is present. In the event of a positive finding, we refer the client to the care of an ophthalmologist who will assess the severity of the disease, initiate targeted therapy or, in the early stages, just further monitoring.


What are the advantages of such an examination?

By performing this examination during a routine diabetic check-up, we save our clients' time and increase the availability of this eye examination. It also saves the time of our ophthalmologist colleagues, who have more time to deal with other eye diseases.


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