May 2021 – Despite knowing its benefits and importance, less than 75% of Singaporeans go for regular health screening and medical checkups. The hassle of having to book an appointment and spend time at a clinic undergoing potentially uncomfortable tests are just some reasons why health screenings are dreaded. More importantly, many amongst the general population are oblivious to the need for regular eye examinations. However, putting off health screenings and eye examinations means that conditions may go undetected. Most eye conditions are initially silent and asymptomatic but can be vision threatening when it takes a turn for the worse.
As a result, home-based health screening solution has been gaining traction locally, where health screenings can be done in the comfort of your own home. Eyeviser has been conducting mobile eye examinations for communities in Singapore and engaging in consumer education on eyecare.
On 12 May 2021, EyRIS formalised an Memorandum of Understanding with Eyeviser to collaborate on several key objectives:
- Improve productivity and competency of Eyeviser in conducting home-based/mobile retinal screening program
- Scale up home-based/mobile services through the use of EyRIS’ products
- Promoting the importance of eye screening for detection of early stage diabetes to prevent vision impairment
- Increasing awareness of patients to have their eyes screened annually
Eyeviser will implement the cloud-based SELENA+, deep learning AI system designed to detect diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma-suspect and age-related macular degeneration in their mobile home-based, workplace and community eye examinations. This is slated to increase the productivity and efficiency of Eyeviser, allowing them to scale up their eye screening capabilities and reach out to more in the society, especially the more vulnerable and less mobile populations.
The MOU was signed by Mr Lai Teik Kin, CEO EyRIS and Ms Chen Weiwen, CEO of Eyeviser.
EyRIS develops and deploys artificial intelligence systems to automatically screen retinal images for diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma suspect and age-related macular degeneration – diseases that lead to preventable blindness. Jointly developed by the Singapore Eye Research Institute and National University of Singapore, the technology can significantly reduce public health care cost while maintaining standard of care.
Eyeviser is dedicated to advancing eye health and early detection of eye diseases through 360 degree eyecare. It educates consumers on eyecare, conducts mobile eye screenings and has an extensive partner network of eye care professionals in Singapore and Malaysia. Its corporate clients include Grab, Nestle, Singtel, Agoda, Disney, Comfort DelGro, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Education. https://eyeviser.com
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