Studies show that at least 2.2 billion people in the world have some kind of visual impairment or blindness. The prevalence of conditions progressing into preventable blindness is quite high. As more and more public data sets are available, the training of deep learning in the medical field is a possible choice, but the practical application of deep learning in clinical practice is still an open issue. We work for solving this problem and continue developing clinical data sets and models to create a practically usable model that will identify “referrable” retinal disorders that can be treated or are at the stage sufficiently progressed to start treatment as opposed to the “non-referrable” disorders with too early stage that doesn’t require treatment, or disorders having no known treatment methods. Important difference between the two is: diagnosing a “non-referrable” disorder will result in unnecessary visit to a retina specialist, while missing the “referrable” disorders might result in permanent blindness or vision loss. In this study, we explored the use of deep convolutional neural network methodology for the automatic classification of eye diseases using color fundus images. More than 10 retinal disorders have been effectively classified using the proposed model. The proposed method is tested using the public datasets and the EyeCheckup dataset we created. Our deep learning model achieved sensitivity of 0.9439, specificity of 0.8604, and an Accuracy of 0.86 with the test data set.
|Subjects||Engineering, Basic Sciences, Medicine|
|Journal Section||Research Articles|
|Publication Date||April 30, 2022|
|Published in Issue||Year 2022, Volume 2, Issue 1|