macular degeneration

eyes

Another troubling consequence of the bushfire smoke is its effects on our eyes. But there are some steps we can take to minimise irritation and any risk of longer-term harm.

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By adapting pattern recognition techniques used to assess satellite images, scientists have devised a novel way to diagnose blinding eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration.

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The number of cases of suspected macular disease without a clear diagnosis could be halved under an innovative system that first refers patients to a centre that specialises in the conditon, UNSW research shows.