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Current invasive methods mean half of afflicted patients now forgo eye exams.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in American adults, affecting about 7.7 million people, according to the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health. However, current diagnostic methods are invasive and inconvenient, causing half of afflicted patients to wait until it’s too late to receive sufficient treatment.
Researchers in the Translational Imaging Center, a joint venture between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, are improving optical coherence tomography (OCT), a system that simplifies the diabetic retinopathy screening process.
Researchers say the new method could help the 50 percent of unidentified patients begin treatment earlier, while simultaneously easing the workload of busy ophthalmologists.
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