Joint Medicine and Health Panel & Company of Spectacle Makers’ Event – The Massive Economic & Social Costs of Vision Loss and How AI & Big Data can be Used to Help

28th September 2023 from 6:00pm — 7:00pm • Information Technologists' Hall

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We are delighted to announce this joint livery event, where we will be highlighting the massive economic and social costs of vision loss and how AI & Big Data can help to reduce the impact of these costs, via improved diagnosis and treatments.

This very interesting and most important subject is probably new to those of us who have easy access to good eye-care and treatments, however, this is not the case for the 1.1 billion people globally who currently live with vision loss.

In the UK alone, some 2.5 million people live with sight loss and this is estimated to grow to some 3.5 million by 2050. The burden of sight loss on the UK economy is in the region of £25 billion a year and that cost is estimated to grow to nearly £30 billion by 2030.

So, please come and join us and hear from Mr Ian Davies, Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers about the societal, business and overall economic impacts of vision loss, in both the UK and worldwide, and what we can all do, both individually and collectively, to help improve the situation.

Thereafter, we will hear from two specialists working in this field:

Dr Reena Chopra – Optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and a Senior Research Associate at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. Dr Chopra is also a Clinical Research Scientist at Google Health, focusing on the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to medical images in ophthalmology and radiology and how this technology can be translated into the real-world. Reena will present on some of the recent work carried out at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Google on leveraging AI to automatically diagnose eye diseases from retinal photographs and OCT images.

Dr Priya Morjaria – Head of Global Programme Design at Peek Vision and an Assistant Professor at the International Centre for Eye Health. Dr Chopra will tell us about her work at Peek Vision, a social enterprise that powers eye-health programme providers to strengthen systems and service delivery through its software and data intelligence platform. Peek enables eye-health providers to identify gaps and inequalities in their services, thus people who would have been invisible to health workers, or hard to reach, are made visible, so nobody is left behind.

Finally, we will have a Q&A session, followed by drinks in the Treasures Room from 7pm

This joint Livery event should prove to be a most interesting, stimulating and enjoyable evening where, hopefully, we can all learn what we can all do help improve the situation relating to vision loss.

Tickets: £15 (inc VAT). Refreshments will be provided. Any surplus will be donated to the WCIT Charity.