AI Eye Care
Conceptual Design - 6 weeks

An AI-assisted eye exam introduced into the pre-screening routine in order to optimize the number of patients that an optometrist may see in one day.

With a partner, design a use of AI within the healthcare context in response to the risks and warnings analyzed during the previous dystopian research phase of the course. Students will be asked to develop all the details of their solutions, engage with an iterative process in which a series of proposals will be tested and validated and delivery a final model of their ideas.

Initial Research:
We spent the beginning phase of this project simply building up a better understanding of the Optometry industry. In doing so, we identified various stakeholders as well as touchpoints that patients face in the process. By speaking to professionals and related startups - we identified pain points that optometrists have come to accept as the norm. From discussions with startups applying AI into the health industry, we came to realize what would be feasible as a MVP.

System Design:
As we delved deeper into the optometry industry, we began to consider what scenarios and contexts would make the most sense for our proposal. At first, we focused in on rural towns as those medical professionals often lacked the resources in order to efficiently provide for their patient population. We also considered pharmacies as a far-future version that could house these eye exam booths in order to expedite the initial process. Through considering these scenarios, we identified that there was a lack of standardization when it came to eye health education. There are no preventative measure built into our health education and awareness.

Many of the technical componenents of the AI Eye Exam already exist in industry. This machine is meant to be an additional component to the annual physical exam that a majority of Americans get. Since anomalies and scans would be examined by the AI and further screenings would be done by optometrists, this would allow for a licensed nurse to oversee this procedure in a general clinic. In doing so, this would allow for patients to become more aware of the importance of eye health as well as provide eye doctors with consolidated images quickly.

Next Steps:
Building up the HCI components so that the experience feels more guided and less passive.

Partner - Emery Grearson, RISD ID ‘20

Future AId with Beth Mosher - Spring 2019

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