FAQ

About Eyenuk, Inc.

Who founded Eyenuk?

Eyenuk was founded by machine learning and image analysis expert Kaushal Solanki (PhD, UCSB).

When was Eyenuk founded?

Eyenuk was founded in December 2010 by Dr. Solanki in his small studio apartment in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.

What was the motivation behind starting Eyenuk?

Harnessing the power of AI to analyze retinal images was the inspiration of Kaushal Solanki, Eyenuk CEO & founder. During his own eye health scare, Solanki faced a four-month wait to see an ophthalmologist for reading and diagnosis of his retinal scans. Knowing his father’s diabetes carried the risk of DR gave Solanki double motivation to develop an algorithm that could quickly and accurately read retinal images for diagnosis and tracking progression of diseases.

What’s Eyenuk’s mission?

Eyenuk is on a mission to screen every eye in the world to ensure timely diagnosis of life- and vision-threatening diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, stroke risk, cardiovascular risk, and Alzheimer’s disease.

What’s Eyenuk’s vision?

Eyenuk Inc., is a global artificial intelligence (AI) medical technology and services company and the leader in real-world AI Eye Screening™ for autonomous disease detection and AI Predictive Biomarkers™ for risk assessment and disease surveillance.

Does Eyenuk have any other products besides EyeArt?

Yes, Eyenuk is working on a wide portfolio of AI-driven diagnostic products to fulfill its mission. You can read more about our other products here.

About EyeArt®

What is EyeArt® ?

The EyeArt AI Eye Screening System is the most extensively validated AI technology for autonomous detection of diabetic retinopathy, tested on over half a million patient visits globally with over two million images collected in real-world clinical environments.

How does the EyeArt AI Eye Screening System work?

The EyeArt system provides automated diabetic retinopathy screening without the need for expert human grading or eye dilation, enabling imaging, grading and reporting in a single office visit. The EyeArt system autonomously analyzes patient's retinal images acquired using an integrated fundus camera, robustly detects lesions and signs of disease, and returns an easy-to-read report in under 60 seconds.

How accurate is EyeArt?

EyeArt reports a 91.3% sensitivity for referable DR and a 98.5% sensitivity for vision-threatening DR in a large study of over 100,000 consecutive patient visits to over 400 primary care clinics.

Using EyeArt

What hardware is required to use EyeArt?

The EyeArt System works with multiple color fundus cameras, so providers can choose the camera that works best for their practice.

What software is required to use EyeArt?

EyeArt AI Eye Screening is primarily cloud-based with a thin client software that can be installed on most Windows PCs with internet access. No additional software is required.

How long does it take to get results?

The EyeArt System provides easy-to-read, actionable reports in under 60 seconds that clearly show a positive or negative screening result and indicate for each eye presence or absence of referable and vision threatening diabetic retinopathy based on clinical practice recommendations of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).  In addition, outside United States, EyeArt reports also indicate for each eye the level of diabetic retinopathy and presence of markers for diabetic macular edema based on international clinical standards.

Who can administer an EyeArt AI Eye Screening?

The EyeArt System is designed to be easy to use and can be employed by nurses or technicians, eliminating the need for expert human grading or an over-read from an eye care specialist for DR screening.

How much does EyeArt cost?

Please get in touch with us for information on pricing.

Can I be reimbursed for EyeArt AI Eye Screening in my office?

Please get in touch with us for reimbursement and coding details.

Using AI in Medicine

How does EyeArt use AI?

The EyeArt AI Eye Screening system incorporates a number of deep learning and image analysis algorithms to automatically assess the quality of the images, detect the presence and extent of lesions, and determine level of disease based on internationally recognized clinical scales.

Isn’t this putting humans out of the job?

No. Using AI to do the initial screening allows timely detection of silently progressing, vision-threatening DR, and allows eye care specialists to focus on the greatest need of sight-saving DR therapy and not on baseline screening.

What other uses are there for AI Eye Screening beyond DR?

Eyenuk is extending AI Eye Screening to screen for other potentially blinding eye diseases including Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Glaucoma.

Eyenuk is also developing AI Predictive Biomarkers™ for risk assessment and surveillance (monitoring progression) for a multitude of diseases including DR, AMD, Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular conditions and stroke.

Validation and Studies of EyeArt

How many patient images has EyeArt scanned?

The EyeArt Eye Screening System is the world’s most-validated AI screening tool for diabetic retinopathy. EyeArt has been tested on over half a million patient visits globally with over two million images collected in real-world clinical environments.

How has the technology been validated?

EyeArt is the most extensively validated AI technology in the world. It's tested in clinical validation studies on one of the largest data sets of patients (over 100,000 consecutive patient visits) of any available DR screening technology, in demanding, real world settings using patient images captured in everyday practice. It has also been independently validated by UK NHS in a study with over 20,000 patients. To know more about these studies click here.

Where has EyeArt been used already?

EyeArt has been used in five continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America). Everyday, EyeArt is screening more and more patients using multiple color fundus cameras, in varied real-world settings with technicians of varying expertise in real-world clinical practices. Click here to read some of EyeArt's success stories.

Data Privacy and Security

How secure is EyeArt?

EyeArt system is highly secure. EyeArt's encrypted data storage and communication ensures that your data remains secure and private. EyeArt system has been independently audited to be HIPAA compliant by A-Lign.

Is it HIPAA compliant? What are other compliances outside US?

The EyeArt system has been designed to be HIPAA and GDPR compliant with a high level of security and privacy.  EyeArt system has also been independently audited to be HIPAA compliant by A-Lign.

Who do I contact regarding information security questions or concerns?

Eyenuk is fully committed to privacy and security. We consider security of our stakeholders as our top priority. For HIPAA, GDPR and other cybersecurity / privacy related questions or concerns, please contact: securityofficer@eyenuk.com

Diabetic Retinopathy

What is DR?

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes. It's caused by damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (the retina). DR has no noticeable symptoms in its early stages and could lead to irreversible vision loss if left untreated.

Who is at risk for DR?

The condition can develop in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The longer you have diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the more likely you are to develop this eye complication.

Can DR be treated?

Yes, especially if caught early. Seeking regular screening and immediate treatment can prevent vision deterioration.