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Blessing uses new technology to reduce risk of Diabetic blindness

There’s new technology to help Diabetes patients reduce their risk of blindness and Blessing Health System said they’re among the first healthcare providers in the nation to have it.

Blessing officials said the new technology uses artificial intelligence to capture exams more conveniently for at-risk patients.

They said it also allows them to detect the disease earlier when it’s still treatable.

Dr. Timothi Beth said this technology reduces the chances of going blind for patients with Diabetes.

“We are screening for patients who are Diabetic for Diabetic Retinopathy, which is the most common form of blindness in Diabetics,” Beth said. “We’re using a special type of technology that takes a picture of the retinal and tells us if there’s damage to the retinal and we can kind of get ahead of the game and try to get those patients treated sooner.”

Dr. Beth said several patients have taken the eye exam so far and the early results have been very helpful.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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