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Smart medicine helping prevent and cure eye disorders


13th August 2023

Smart medicine helping prevent and cure eye disorders

By Cai Wenjun

Editor's note:

Information technology, artificial intelligence and big data are playing increasingly significant roles in health care. This series on many sectors of the health industry is intended to demonstrate the role of advanced technology, intelligent systems and new inventions.

Shot by Dong Jun. Edited by Dong Jun. Subtitles by Cai Wenjun.

Intelligent technology is making eye disease detection, diagnosis and treatment more efficient, accurate and precise.

According to the Chinese Medical Association, the incidence of cataracts among Chinese between 60 and 89 years of age is about 80 percent.

With the rising aging population, there is also a rise in cataract cases. In 2020, there were more than 3,000 cataract surgery patients per million people in the country, a figure that had increased nearly 38 times over the previous 30 years.

Presbyopia, which starts from the age of 38 with the loss of near vision due to aging, affects almost all Chinese over 52 years old.

Cataracts are a leading eye disease for the elderly and the top reason for blindness. About 46 percent of blindness is caused by cataracts. About 200 million elderly Chinese over 60 suffer both presbyopia and cataracts.

The aging of eyes can't be treated by medicine. Surgery is the only solution.

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