Glaucoma Diagnosis and Prevention
What is Glaucoma?
he term ‘glaucoma’ relates to a group of conditions that can be classified in a variety of ways, but all of which are characterised by optic nerve damage (often referred to as cupping) and visual field loss (often with an arcuate pattern of mid-peripheral loss), secondary to retinal ganglion cell damage and death. The most common types of glaucoma are Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) and Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma (PACG).
Glaucoma is an eye condition known as the “Silent Thief”, due to the quiet way in which it permanently damages a patients eyesight.T The optic nerve loses fibres and the patient loses eye sight before they become aware of it, because usually sight in one eye can compensate for sight loss in the same part of the visual field in the other eye.
WHO has estimated that 4.5 million people are blind due to glaucoma
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide.
It has been estimated that by 2020 there will be approximately 80 million people with glaucoma, an increase of about 20 million since 2010. Furthermore, it is thought that at present over 8 million people are bilaterally blind due to glaucoma, a figure that is set to rise to over 11 million by 2020 with the increasing prevalence, unless improved screening and effective treatment strategies are successful.
We believe that the only way to prevent silent loss of eyesight due to glaucoma at a global level is to screen people with photography and alert anyone with suspicious thinning of the optic nerve to get their eyes examined by a professional eye expert. iKey is a technology which holds the possibility of screening people for glaucoma globally.
Why is child security a problem?
iKEY advisors include Professor of cybersecurity, Dr. Mary Aiken.
Young children are being exposed to and targeted with inappropriate adult material on the internet. Professor Aiken and Professor Barry O Sullivan have successfully campaigned to raise the age of legal access for children to the internet in Ireland to 16 years.
iKEY is currenly being developed to be able to screen children on their mobile devices and hardware when accessing age restricted space on the internet.
iKEY algorithm uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to successfully allow an image of your own optic nerve (different for each eye) to be used to verify your identity.
This can be used to secure your private health and financial data on your mobile device or any computer accessing the internet and cloud.
Data encryption and protection is critical to the ethos of iKEY where making the world a better place underpins our work