08.17.18

Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology: A Brave New World Coming

Source: Medscape

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been heralded as part of “the fourth industrial revolution,” along with Internet of Things, blockchain, and edge computing. All are methods of collecting, analyzing, and storing information and viewed as possessing the same life-changing potential as the introduction of electricity in the early 1900s. The integration of AI into healthcare, which has already begun, is expected to radically change clinical practice, presenting healthcare practitioners with new challenges.

Although many physicians are apprehensive about the potential impact of AI and whether it can live up to the expectations generated by recent hype, eye care specialists appear optimistic about its eventual role in their profession, looking forward to a time when their skills and expertise are augmented by AI as it streamlines diagnosis and treatment while reducing clinical errors and variability.

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